Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North West, Paul McAuliffe, has called on the government to ask the National Public Health Emergency Team to review the list of essential retail outlets to allow bicycle and car repairs to take place on a drop off and collection basis.

Deputy McAuliffe said: “The current guidelines are not clear and appear to suggest that these services can operate only by when a bicycle or car is collected from a remote location such as the person’s home. For many bicycle repairs shops this is not practical and exposes their workers to a greater risk.

“I am calling on the Government to ask the NPHET to permit customers who need urgent repairs on their bicycle or car to drop it off at the repair shop and collect later. Obviously, it would involve the use of social distancing and other sensible precautions. Many essential workers travel to work on their bicycle and need to get repairs made. This is a small clarification that would allow cyclists to continue using a great mode of transport,” concluded Deputy McAuliffe.