Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy TD has put forward an amendment which will see the introduction of new regulations on the use of rickshaws.

Deputy Troy put forward the amendment after previously raising concern over the unsafe practices being employed by some rickshaw operators in Dublin City Centre.

“There are currently no regulations in place to provide for the regulation of rickshaws despite their growing presence in the city centre. Under current legislation small public service vehicles are defined as either being pedal powered or mechanically propelled. However this does not cover rickshaws as they are often battery powered,” explained Deputy Troy.

“The amendment I have put forward will close this loophole by allowing the National Transport Authority to regulate battery powered rickshaws. The change will mean that rickshaws will have to be licenced and drivers can be subject to background checks. The rickshaws themselves will also be inspected to ensure that they are road worthy.

“This amendment is a common sense proposal which will help protect the public from unscrupulous rickshaw operators,” concluded Deputy Troy.