Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Ceisteanna (37, 38)

Olivia Mitchell

Ceist:

95 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Transport if he has received a proposal from the Taxi Regulator to provide a subsidy to wheelchair accessible taxis; his views on such a proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6629/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Seán Ryan

Ceist:

128 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Transport if he has received proposals from the Taxi Commission in relation to the introduction of financial assistance to incentivise the provision of more wheelchair accessible taxis; his views on these proposals; when he will act upon them; and the amount of funding set aside in 2007 for the envisaged scheme. [6572/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 95 and 128 together.

An outline proposal for a draft subsidy scheme to assist with the purchase of wheelchair accessible taxis and hackneys was received by my Department on 16 January 2007. This proposal is being examined and will require consultation with other bodies such as the Department of Finance. Pending completion of this examination I am not in a position to make any further comment.