Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (482)

Seán Haughey


482. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the action he plans to take regarding the use of rickshaws; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46343/19]

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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 with measures to ensure that rickshaw drivers are vetted and licensed.