Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Deputy Robert Troy has called for an open and transparent analysis of the impacts of privatisation on bus services following the announcement by the National Transport Authority (NTA) that further Bus Éireann routes would be put out to tender.
Commenting on the matter Deputy Troy said, “I am very concerned by the fact that the NTA have unchecked powers when it comes to privatising further bus routes. The buck stops with Minister Ross and yet he is standing idly by as this happens.
“The effectiveness of privatisation can only be assessed after it has commenced and a period of consultation has occurred. We cannot have a situation whereby privatisation that is proving inadequate is allowed to continue.
“I have introduced the Dublin Transport Authority (Amendment) Bill 2018, which is currently before the Dáil. The Bill is designed to prevent any additional privatisation of routes pending a comprehensive review of the routes which have been privatised to date.
“Fianna Fáil recognises the crucial role public transport plays in Irish life and that it must be promoted strongly. Unfortunately, the Government has fallen well short over the last number of years with the result that there is now chronic overcrowding on all forms of public transport, regular reports of anti-social behaviour and low morale among workers”, concluded Deputy Troy.