Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (565)

Niall Collins


565. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason a planned trial of a service (details supplied) in County Limerick did not proceed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5506/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Deputy refers to a 2015 proposal, submitted by the company Uber, for a pilot ridesharing scheme which was to be based in the Limerick area.

In order for such a proposed scheme to be implemented, amendments to both primary and secondary legislation would have been needed. These changes would have presented a significant change to policy.

The current regulatory regime that is in place for the sector is designed to protect the consumer and to help ensure personal safety. My view is that the regulatory framework for this sector should continue to be determined in the context of supporting these important public interest objectives.