Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (218, 219)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

222 Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will explain the rule coming into effect on 1 October 2012, which prohibits the transferability of SPSV licences such that a single licence holder cannot transfer their licence to a family member but a multiple licence holder can hold multiple licences which they can sell or transfer as an asset of the company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23122/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

The regulation of the taxi industry, including issues pertaining to the renewal and transfer of vehicle licences, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009.

As set out in the Taxi Regulation Review Report 2011, it was considered by the Review Group that it was necessary to move away from a system whereby a licence will have value in itself — a licence should determine a person's suitability to carry out a function and it should not have monetary value or be traded on the open market. Action 14 of the Review Report proposes the introduction of a prohibition on the transferability of taxi vehicle licences such that all taxi vehicle licences will be unique to the person to whom the licence has been issued and cannot be transferred or sold to another individual.

All SPSV licences are granted to an individual and in making its recommendation concerning the non-transfer of vehicle licences the Review Group did not distinguish between single or multiple licence holders.

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

223 Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he should differentiate between the categories of single licence holders and multiple licence holders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23126/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The regulation of the taxi industry, including issues pertaining to the renewal and transfer of vehicle licences, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009.

As set out in the Taxi Regulation Review Report 2011, it was considered by the Review Group that it was necessary to move away from a system whereby a licence will have value in itself — a licence should determine a person's suitability to carry out a function and it should not have monetary value or be traded on the open market. Action 14 of the Review Report proposes the introduction of a prohibition on the transferability of taxi vehicle licences such that all taxi vehicle licences will be unique to the person to whom the licence has been issued and cannot be transferred or sold to another individual.

All SPSV licences are granted to an individual and in making its recommendation concerning the non-transfer of vehicle licences the Review Group did not distinguish between single or multiple licence holders.