Thursday 19 April 2018

Taxi ban due to new Luas 'a backward step' - National Transport Assembly

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Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

A potential ban on taxis using Dublin's College Green when the Luas cross-city service gets up and running has sparked concern.

Dublin City Council has said that traffic movements will be monitored when the Luas begins - it is due to fully begin operating on December 9.

If there are problems, one option being considered is a ban on taxis using College Green, it emerged yesterday.

However, Tony Roe, the chairperson of the National Transport Assembly (NTA), expressed concerns in relation to any ban on taxis using the busy area.

"If taxis are banned in that area, it would definitely be a backward step. It would jeopardise the safety of the travelling public," Mr Roe stated.

He said that it was very important that taxis were available when large groups of people leave pubs and clubs collectively. "If they are going to be stranded, they are going to have to walk down to another region to pick up a taxi. It is going to be detrimental to them.

"To me it would be counter-productive, because taxis are an integral part of public transport," he said.

"I don't think we can discriminate against one section of public transport in lieu of the other," said Mr Roe, who is the spokesperson for taxis on the NTA.

Separately, Bus Éireann and driver unions will attend a conciliation conference at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on Monday in a bid to iron out outstanding issues relating to the implementation of new rosters.

Irish Independent

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