Friday 14 December 2018

Taxi drivers in dark over forms

Senator Ged Nash has confirmed that just 18 of the 453 taxi licence holders with addresses in Louth have signed the Taxi Regulator's forms which are required to be filed in to enable a current licence holder to nominate someone to transfer the licence to in the event of their death.

The Senator said, "I have been pursuing this issue since the untimely passing of Drogheda taxi owner Tommy Keegan. When Tommy's wife Marie contacted the NTA to organise for the orderly transfer of Tommy's licence to her, she was shocked to discover that he was required to fill in a form to allow him to transfer the licence to a nominee in the event of his death.

"On further investigation, it became clear to me that this is a little known requirement in the taxi sector and the figures released to me by the NTA has confirmed this suspicion.

"In 2017, just 18 of Louth's resident taxi licence holders have signed the forms for this year, out of a total of 453 licencees. This is down from 34 in 2016, and 20 in 2015.

"Extraordinarily, this amounts to just 4% of the total complement of taxi licence holders with addresses in Louth.

"To put it another way, as it stands there are 435 licence holders, who, if they passed away tomorrow, would have no entitlement to pass their licences on to a family member.

"In light of what has happened to Marie, I have asked the taxi regulator to engage in an awareness raising campaign with the industry to ensure that everyone understands the importance of filling in this form.

"My research tells me that most drivers are completely unaware of this requirement. This is an indictment of the system and at the very least, the forms should be routinely sent out to licence holders.'

Drogheda Independent