HomeTagsPosts tagged with "rickshaws"



Rickshaws could soon be banned in Ireland, as Minster for Transport Shane Ross looks set to propose new regulations at an Oireachtas committee today. 

According to the Irish Times, the National Transport Authority has been carrying out a review of rickshaw operations, and Minister Ross is expected to confirm that he has been debating between regulation of the vehicles or an outright ban. 

In his opening statements, Ross is expected to say: 

"Rickshaws are arguably meeting a niche demand which is not being met by the traditional public transport services.

"Regulating could allow rickshaws to continue in operation, contributing a fun and vibrant aspect to city life.

"However, significant resources would need to be invested. More admin and enforcement resources would be needed in the National Transport Authority and the Garda, possibly also in the Road Safety Authority."

It's understood that, if enforced, new regulations would see rickshaw drivers be required to have driver and operator licensing, motor tax and vehicle registration as well as certification of the road-worthiness of their vehicle. 

Looks like we could be walking to Coppers from owe on, ladies! 



Getting a rickshaw to your beloved post-Coppers three-in-one is part and parcel of a night out. 

However, Dublin City Council recently released a warning regarding the safety of these man-powered vehicles.

The rickshaws are vastly unregulated, and generally uninsured.

New laws to protect service users and providers are to be prepared by Government to regulate the rickshaw industry.

The National Transport Authority has launched a public consultation on these potential regulations.

The public survey wants to hear the views of rickshaw passengers and drivers.

“Earlier this year, Minister for Transport Shane Ross asked the NTA to seek the views of the public and key stakeholders in relation to the operation of rickshaws in Ireland,' said NTA Deputy CEO Hugh Creegan.

“The regulation of rickshaws has been a matter of public interest for some time now and the information we gather in this process will bring some clarity to bear on how the relationship with regulatory authorities will be defined into the future.

“We would encourage anybody who has an interest in the area to share their views so that we can work towards the most appropriate regulatory regime.”

You can find further information about the survey here.

Feature image:1000 Words / Shutterstock.com