Taxi scam exposes systemic weakness in NTA licence system

Media reports tonight suggest that the Garda Immigration Bureau have uncovered a scam in the Capital linked to illegally obtained taxi licences and fraudulent SPSV applications.

Commenting in response, Fianna Fáil’s Transport Spokesperson, Robert Troy has said, “I very much commend the good work of the Gardaí and staff in identifying these issues and uncovering what appears to be a major scam involving up to or even more than 180 individuals.

“The majority of taxi drivers in Dublin and elsewhere around the country are operating fully in line with all law and regulation, and it’s important to point out that this discovery is not a reflection on their hard work. Rather, it exposes a severe weakness in the National Transport Authority’s system for processing taxi licences.

“It’s only reasonable for there to be concerns now for the integrity of the system in place to process taxi licence applications. That this level of manipulation could have occurred is not only worrying for the public as a whole but for all other taxi drivers that pay a huge amount of money for a legitimate licence.

“The Minister with responsibility for the NTA has an obligation to provide clear answers on how this has happened, what’s more, how long this illegal practice has been going on and failed to be picked up.”