Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Taxi-Hackney Licences.

Wednesday, 6 February 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 404 No. 7

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  12.  Mrs. Taylor-Quinn  Information on Madeleine Taylor-Quinn  Zoom on Madeleine Taylor-Quinn   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   if he has any plans to relax the laws governing the issue of taxi and/or hackney licences especially in the context of discouraging drink driving.

[1795]Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  In recent weeks, my Department have been engaged in a preliminary review of this matter taking account, among other things, of the problems highlighted during the Christmas period. Arising from this, I have decided to initiate a fundamental review of the law as it applies to the operation of small public service vehicles generally. When the necessary interdepartmental consultations are completed, I will announce details of the review procedure.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  When does the Minister expect this review to be completed? He will be aware that during the Christmas period and the very successful campaign against drink driving many thousands of citizens were either unable to get taxis or had to wait a long time for taxis. Therefore, will he agree that it is important, that any review is completed so that steps can be taken to avoid a repetition next Christmas of the difficulties of last Christmas?

Mr. Flynn: Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  I have targeted a time of six months for the review. I think we can do it in that time and then take whatever steps are necessary afterwards.


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