Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1640)

Róisín Shortall


1640. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of plans to introduce a licensing system for rickshaw drivers in view of media and Garda reports on the involvement of some in the industry in drug dealing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36694/19]

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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.

I do share concerns that have been raised in relation to rickshaws, particularly from a public safety perspective, and this Bill will introduce measures to ensure that rickshaws drivers are vetted and licenced. I am confident that this will significantly improve safety for passengers and for all road users.