Thursday, 16 May 2019

Questions (159)

Jack Chambers

Question:

159. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of legislation to regulate the operation of rickshaws; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21336/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As you may be aware, last year, the Cabinet gave approval for publication of a General Scheme of a Bill to amend the Taxi Regulation Act 2013 so as to provide for the regulation of rickshaws. This General Scheme was taken for pre-legislative scrutiny by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on 28 November 2018.

As the Deputy will know, priority was accorded both in my Department and within the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to the drafting of necessary legislation as part of the Government's contingency planning to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. This led to an inevitable delay in the case of other legislative proposals. Parliamentary Counsel has now been assigned and my Department will be working closely with them to advance the drafting of this Bill with a view to publication later this year. It is my hope that this Bill can progress through the Houses without delay.