Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (207)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

207. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has reviewed or is reviewing the introduction of ridesharing services here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3137/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

A formal review of ridesharing services has not been undertaken but my Department keeps abreast of emerging technologies and is open to consider innovative initiatives.

The Deputy will be aware that the National Transport Authority (NTA) is the independent regulator of the small public service vehicle sector and has regulatory oversight of the sector, including the licensing of vehicles and drivers. 

The current regulatory regime that is in place for the sector is designed to protect the consumer and to help ensure personal safety. My view is that the regulatory framework for this sector should continue to be determined in the context of supporting these important public interest objectives.