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30th May 2018 | Press Releases, Transport

Cuffe calls on Minister Ross to regulate, not ban Rickshaws

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The Green Party has called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD to regulate rather than ban rickshaws.

Minister Ross should ensure that rickshaws have a clear registration plate, and that the drivers carry insurance. Regulation isn’t rocket science, and we’re suggesting that Minister Ross and his officials sit down and come up with a clear and simple plan for regulation.

Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, who chairs Dublin City Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee said: “Regulation is clearly needed but it seems that Minister Ross is set to choose the ‘killjoy’ option of a ban. This would be the wrong move as rickshaws are part of our tourism offering. Instead Minister Ross should ensure that rickshaws have a clear registration plate, and that the drivers carry insurance. Regulation isn’t rocket science, and we’re suggesting that Minister Ross and his officials sit down and come up with a clear and simple plan for regulation.

“In addition, they have been used as part of the very successful ‘Cycling without Age‘ initiative for older people with restricted mobility. It is important that great initiatives such as these are not threatened by the Minister’s proposals.”