Answered in Dáil
*To ask the Minister for Transport when a decision will be made in relation to a proposal by the Commission for Taxi Regulation to provide a direct subsidy to assist people with the purchase of and running of taxis or hackneys; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Eamon Scanlon.
* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 6th March, 2008.
Ref No: 9873/08
Answered by the Minister for Transport
The Commission for Taxi Regulation published new National Vehicle Standards - Requirements for Small Public Service Vehicles on 26 November 2007, which include new accessible vehicle standards for licensing as wheelchair accessible taxis and wheelchair accessible hackneys.
My Department is in discussion with the Commission for Taxi Regulation in relation to a proposal from the Commission for the introduction of a financial support arrangement to assist taxi and hackney operators with the purchase of wheelchair accessible vehicles.
A revised proposal was received from the Commission on 30 January 2008 and a final decision will be made on the proposal as soon as possible.