Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1572)

John Lahart


1572. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the reappearance of rickshaws on the streets of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35159/19]

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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. Work is underway to advance the drafting of this Bill.

Rickshaws can be powered in a number of different ways - pedal powered, pedal-assisted and motorised. This Bill will introduce comprehensive new detention powers which will ensure effective enforcement of a ban on motorised rickshaws carrying passengers for reward. The Bill will also introduce a licensing regime for non-motorised rickshaws only. These new measures will ensure that rickshaws drivers and vehicles are vetted and registered and I am confident that this will significantly improve safety for passengers and for all road users.