Monday 23 October 2017

Transport authority wants to know what you think about rickshaws

Rickshaw driver in city centre
Rickshaw driver in city centre

Claire Fox

A survey has been launched today asking rickshaw drivers, passengers and road users to give their views on the controversial vehicles in order to help regulate the industry in future.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) are asking questions on their website with a view to drafting legislation.

Speaking on Morning Ireland today, NTA CEO Hugh Cregan said the survey is very simple and for the "protection" of road users. 

He said: "It's for the protection of passengers and other road users aswell. We'll see what the provision is once the survey concludes."

Mr Cregan added that he did not know how long the legislation would take to prepare as it depends on the amount of submissions they receive.

"It depends on the volume of submissions received but we expect to be able to analyse it pretty quickly and provide a comprehensive report with the Department of Transport and Minister of Transport shortly thereafter," he said.

The questionnaire is available on the NTA's website until September 25 and people are asked to send email submissions to rickshaws@nationaltransport.ie.

Dublin City Council issued a safety statement in June reminding road users that rickshaws in the city are not regulated by them.

"Dublin City council wishes to advise members of the public, for their own safety and the safety of others, that rickshaws operating in Dublin City are not regulated by DCC or otherwise and that some rickshaw operators appear not to have public liability insurance."

While legislation exists for taxis under the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, rickshaws are currently viewed as bicycles under Irish law. The NTA hopes that the survey will enable them to create legislation that recognises rickshaws.

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