Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Ceisteanna (669, 671)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

669. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has produced a set of guidelines for taxi drivers to return to work safely as the country leaves lockdown; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11947/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Patrick Costello

Ceist:

671. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps being taken to help taxi drivers protect themselves and their passengers; and if the Taxi Regulator will make disposable face masks available to drivers to keep them safe. [11967/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 669 and 671 together.

The National Transport Authority (NTA), as the statutory regulator for the SPSV sector, has published information for the SPSV industry which includes guidelines, based on the latest available public health advice, on how to keep vehicles clean to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This document is available on the NTA's website. The NTA is also engaging with public transport operators to determine the practical implications for public transport provision as COVID-19 restrictions are eased in Ireland.

Given the role of the NTA as regulator, I have referred your question to the Authority for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 51