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Written Answers - Taxi Regulations

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 257.  Deputy John O’Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  when he proposes to roll out his recently announced local area hackney licence scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7302/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly The local area hackney licence is one of a range of actions proposed in the Taxi Regulation Review Report which has been approved by Government and was published last month. The full Report is available on my Department’s website. The proposal for a local hackney licence aims to facilitate the a low cost entry to the hackney market for transport provision in rural area that, otherwise, would be unlikely to have such services.

The regulation of the taxi industry is a matter in the first instance for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the Taxi Regulation Act 2003. The NTA is the lead agency with responsibility for implementation of the recommendations of the Taxi Regulation Review Report, including the proposal for a local area hackney licence.

I have arranged for your question to be forwarded to the NTA for a direct response. If you do not receive a response within ten working days, please notify my private office.

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