Taxi saga rumbles on

Talks aimed at addressing Longford town’s long-running taxi regulation saga is expected to be held over the coming weeks following a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting last week.

Talks aimed at addressing Longford town’s long-running taxi regulation saga is expected to be held over the coming weeks following a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting last week.

Superintendent Denis Shields told elected representatives at last Thursday’s discussion, officers from his division conducted a survey of around 30 taxis earlier this year.

The results of that research, compiled in February had thrown up a series of intriguing talking points.

Rather than debate those openly, the Longford Garda chief hinted at perhaps holding a debate at committee level.

“There is a lot of quite interesting feedback,” he said. “We (gardai) would be asking to re-convene our sub-committee as there are a number of issues that could be addressed. The survey was one page and we just asked what were the major difficulties with the current taxi rank system in Longford.”

One question, Supt Shields admitted had caused plenty of dividing views was whether drivers would be in favour of a single taxi representative group.

Taking a moment while some councillors chuckled quietly to themselves, Supt Shields said the best forum in which to debate the matter was when all sub-committee members were in attendance.

A meeting is now expected to be held later this month.