To ask the Minister for Transport if he has set a deadline for a report back from the interim taxi regulator in respect of the report of the Taxi Hardship Committee and on the additional recommendations of the EU Petitions Committee; and when he will make final decisions on the hardship payments.
- Richard Bruton.
For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 12th June, 2003.
Ref No: 16250/03 Proof: 111
Answered by the Minister for Transport
(Séamus Brennan, TD)
I refer to the reply to Question No. 601 of 10 June 2003. The position is unchanged.
The interim Chairman of the Commission for Taxi Regulation has recommended that a scheme be put in place as quickly as possible to facilitate a start being made with hardship payments based on a particular strategy that he has recommended.
I agree with Mr Farrelly's recommended approach and every effort is being made to put in place a structure to facilitate the commencement of payments as soon as possible.