Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (582)

Mick Barry

Ceist:

582. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider providing a representative to the board of the Taxi Regulator for taxi drivers from County Cork in view of the unique challenges faced by drivers and the industry in the Cork area and in the interests of regional balance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52741/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

In accordance with section 72 of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, members of the committee are appointed on the basis of their individual experience and expertise with due regard paid to the legislative requirement to ensure, insofar as practicable, an equitable gender balance with both urban and rural representation. 

As the Advisory Committee is a national body It would be inappropriate for an individual county to be singled out for seperate representation. I would note, however, that three members of the current committee are from Munster and that one of these is a taxi driver.