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'It's complicated' - Ross explains failure to ban rickshaws

'It's complicated' - Ross explains failure to ban rickshaws

Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Fergal Phillips
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Transport Minister Shane Ross has rejected claims he is "lazy" after failing to regulate or ban an estimated 1,000 rickshaws operating in the capital.

The Dáil transport committee hear d legislation has been promised since last year, but there were still no rules in place despite more than 150 operators being arrested on alleged drugs offences. Among the concerns raised about use of rickshaws include claims they block streets, force pedestrians onto roads, weave recklessly through traffic and ignore the rules of the road.

A survey from the National Transport Authority (NTA) revealed that 57pc of rickshaw passengers reported being involved in accidents or near misses, which the NTA said was a "shocking statistic".

Fianna Fáil's transport spokesman Robert Troy said people's lives had been put at risk due to delays in drafting legislation.

He said he was not convinced of the need for an outright ban, noting that other cities had introduced regulations. The approach being taken by the minister was "lazy", he charged.

Rejecting the claims, Mr Ross said the issue was "complicated", and that he wa s in consultation with the Attorney General about the best approach to be taken.

"I wish to put the rickshaw industry on notice that whether by regulation or a ban, the days of indulging a reckless activity that appears to be running amok are coming to a close," he said.

He considered a ban to be more appropriate than regulation, but if this was "practical and not too expensive" it could be considered, he added.

A decision would be made before the end of this Dáil term, he added.

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