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Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Damien Eagers

Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Damien Eagers

Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Damien Eagers

Rickshaw operators will require a licence and Garda vetting under new plans to regulate the growing late night transport service.

Independent.ie previously revealed how some rickshaw operators were selling drugs to customers during cross-city journeys.

Under the Government clampdown, motorised rickshaws will be completely banned while other non-electric operators will have to adhere to similar regulations as taxi drivers.

The significant move follows widespread calls for the introduction of regulations on rickshaws, which are available in most major Irish cities.

There have also been serious concerns over the safety of rickshaws as they are mostly used by young people leaving pubs and nightclubs.

The new legislation will require rickshaw owners to apply for a licence if they want to operate. They will need a tax clearance cert and Garda vetting to be eligible.

A recent National Transport Authority survey found 57pc of rickshaw passengers as reporting accidents or near misses during their journeys.

It has also been reported that 154 rickshaw drivers have been arrested while working under the Misuse of Drugs Act in the Pearse Street district in the past 18 months.

Transport Minister Shane Ross, who previously said he favoured an outright ban of rickshaws, will bring the legislation to Cabinet tomorrow.

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