Posted on June 8, 2011 12:12 PM | Permanent Link
The Labour Party TD for Dublin North East, Seán Kenny, has welcomed the announcement by Labour Minister for Public & Commuter Transport Alan Kelly that there is to be a new review group established to clean up the Irish Taxi sector.
The group, which will be chaired by Minister Kelly, will consist of Garda, consumer, driver, transport and other representatives and will explore all aspects of taxi regulation in Ireland.
Deputy Seán Kenny said that that the review would allow unacceptable practices in the sector to be cleaned up: "I was very disturbed at the report on RTE's recent Prime Time Investigates programme on the sector. Irish people must be able use Taxi's knowing that the car they and their families and loved ones are using is safe and will be able to withstand an accident, not to mention being able to function in a reliable manner."
"The majority of taxi drivers do their jobs properly and are competing with rogue elements in the sector at present. These elements must be stamped out and law-abiding taxi drivers must be allowed to get on with doing their job and earning a living." Deputy Kenny continued.
"This review follows up on a commitment made in the programme for Government to update the regulation of taxis to ensure that taxi drivers are recognised as a key component of the public transport system. Again this shows that Labour in government is fulfilling the objectives stated in that document, and this is another step on the road to a better Ireland", Deputy Kenny added.