To ask the Minister for Transport if he will confirm the statement made by his Minister of State to Dail Eireann on 2 March 2004 in response to questioning from this Deputy that the NCT does not refuse to test cars displaying the word taxi as Gaeilge; if his attention has been drawn to SI No. 136/1995, Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 1995; and his views on the implications of the schedule in this dealing with the description of the taxi sign.
- Seán Crowe.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 9th March, 2004.
Ref No: 7603/04
Answered by the Minister for Transport
The licensing and operation of small public service vehicles, including taxis, is governed by the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations 1963 to 2002 and the Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 1963 to 2002.
Under these regulations, a licence may only be granted following presentation of a vehicle test certificate and certificate of suitability issued by NCTS which confirms that the vehicle is suitable for the purpose of being licensed as a taxi, wheelchair accessible taxi, hackney or limousine, as appropriate. The testing of a vehicle for taxi licensing purposes is undertaken by NCTS in accordance with the relevant regulatory requirements.
The requirements to be complied with in relation to a taxi sign are set out in a detailed specification, including dimensions, in the Eighth Schedule to the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 1995 (S.I. No. 136 of 1995). This includes a requirement that "the central sections on each face of the sign shall display the word 'TAXI' in yellow letters on a dark blue background of low light transmittance". There is no specific regulatory provision for the use of a taxi sign as Gaeilge. I have asked my Department to examine this matter further.