Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Road Traffic Legislation
532. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will introduce legalisation as soon as possible to regulate rickshaws; if Galway City Council has banned rickshaws; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35873/16]
As the Deputy may recall, some time ago Galway City Council regulated to ban certain rickshaw use within its area. More recently, in response to some concerns - primarily of a safety nature - both Dublin City Council (DCC) and the National Transport Authority (NTA) obtained legal advices in relation to their own respective powers to regulate pedal-powered rickshaws. Discussions have recently taken place, between DCC and the NTA, who have agreed a proposed approach to regulating pedal-powered rickshaws, which would require the drafting and introduction of primary legislation. My Department is now engaged with the NTA to clearly frame the policy to guide any detailed legislative drafting, with passenger safety the key focus. I will consider the legislative proposals which emerge when this work has been progressed, following which I should be in a position to outline an indicative legislative timeframe.