New legislation good news for Tipp rural transport, says Kelly

Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly has said the future of Ring-A-Link bus services and others has been secured in Tipperary with the passing of the Taxi Regulation Bill through the Oireachtas.

Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly has said the future of Ring-A-Link bus services and others has been secured in Tipperary with the passing of the Taxi Regulation Bill through the Oireachtas.

Minister Alan Kelly, who has responsibility for the rural transport programme as well as taxis, amended the legislation to ensure that the

funding of rural transport groups, such as Ring-A-Link would not fall foul of competition law.

Minster Kelly says there was a questionable legal basis to the way many rural transport groups are currently funded and they may have been forced to close if anyone had taken a case against them.

“Some rural transport groups, such as Ring-A-Link, who own their own buses were being funded in a way that was against our own legislation

and this could have caused huge difficulty keeping rural transport buses going in the event of a court case,” stated Minister Kelly.

“However, because of the new provisions in the legislation, we have ensured that not just companies like Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann will

be able to receive state funding, rural transport companies will be able to also” added Minister Kelly.

The move came as part of a wider programme of reforms in the taxi and transport sector that will see a significant increase of enforcement

of taxi legislation right across Tipperary. The bill will allow for the increase in enforcement officers and the removal of certain

categories of criminals from the taxi sector.

“This is the most comprehensive set of reform for the taxi sector in the history of the state. It will dramatically increase the powers of

the Gardai. The vast majority of local taxi drivers do not want to be competing with rogue elements in the sector. This is a good day for

them,”