Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (587, 588, 590)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

587. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the most recent count of wheelchair accessible vehicle journeys by week and year by taxi, minibus and private vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52834/19]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

588. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of wheelchair accessible vehicle minibuses for hire in Dublin and nationwide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52835/19]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

590. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the plans of the NTA to increase the number of wheelchair accessible vehicle minibus drivers coming into the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52837/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 587, 588 and 590 together.

The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, including measures to promote and/or increase wheelchair accessible vehicles in the SPSV fleet, and the collection of statistics in relation to wheelchair accessible SPSVs, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013. I note that SPSVs, by definition, carry a maximum of eight passengers.

Accordingly, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A