Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (24, 25)

Dessie Ellis

Ceist:

28 Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update in the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the taxi industry reform group; the legislation that is planned and the work done to inform taxi drivers of these changes and the effects on their business. [23043/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

33 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the legislation in response to the recent report from the taxi review group will be published; the key provisions of the upcoming legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22790/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 28 and 33 together.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is the lead agency with responsibility for the implementation of the recommended actions contained in the Taxi Regulation Review Report 2011. Work is progressing on all 46 Actions proposed and eight of the short-term actions have been implemented to date. The timetable for implementation of the remaining actions is set out in the Review Report with short-term actions to be implemented this year and medium-term actions to be implemented after 2012. The NTA makes quarterly reports on progress to the Taxi Advisory Committee which includes representation from the key stakeholder groups including representatives of consumer interests and the taxi industry. I understand the NTA will also be making direct contact with drivers by email and issuing updates on the work so far.

Some of the actions proposed in the Taxi Regulation Review Report 2011 will require supporting legislation. Where possible, the NTA will make the necessary regulations under the Taxi Regulation Act 2003. My Department is currently preparing amending legislation which will address some of the key enforcement recommendations contained in the Review Report. In particular, the proposed legislation will address the necessary amendment to Section 36 of the Taxi Regulation Act 2003 concerning mandatory disqualification for holding a licence upon conviction of certain offences. I will shortly be submitting a General Scheme setting out my legislative proposals to Government for approval.