Longford-Westmeath TD James Bannon has stated that deregulation and cross compliance with the National Roads Authority and An Garda Siochana is destroying the taxi business. He also expressed concern over a new law which will prohibit taxi drivers from passing their businesses over to their children.
Speaking before the Transport Select Committee on Wednesday, Deputy Bannon said “taxi operators who started up prior to deregulation, building successful business through hard work and often to the detriment of their health, have fallen victim not only to SPSV requirements but to the actions of illegal operators, who are falling through the cracks in enforcement.”
Bannon is also critical of upcoming an upcoming change to legislation, which will prevent taxi drivers from handing over their plates to family members. “It is heartbreaking for hard-working taxi operatives who have put in long hours to provide for their families in difficult and competitive area, are now falling victim to current proposed legislation which will victimise them and their families, through the removal of the right to pass on their businesses”, he said. “Nobody in their right mind could condone such a rule. Taxi service providers are self-employed and due to the nature of their situation they lack certain entitlements. We must ensure that in common with farmers/landowners, shop and business owners they can pass on the business they have built up to their children.”