Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Questions (55)

Bríd Smith


55. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Transport the reason the NTA requires taxi owners to remove the protective screening recommended by Covid-19 public health measures before they can pass the taxi suitability test; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57910/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The National Transport Authority (NTA), as the statutory regulator for the SPSV sector under the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, has published information for the SPSV industry on COVID-19 which includes guidelines in relation to the installation of temporary dividing screens. This information is available on the NTA's website.

Given the role of the NTA as independent regulator, I have referred the Deputies' question to the Authority for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.