Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD, has said he will be holding talks with the taxi company Uber and the NTA in relation to a rural taxi service. Deputy Troy will be bringing the discussion to the transport committee to explore the feasibility of such a system.
Deputy Troy explained, “I have raised this matter with Minister Ross in the past and he has consistently deferred to the NTA, who are responsible for integrated local and rural transport. He is a Minister who is only too happy to abdicate his duties.
“I am delighted to see Minister Jim Daly come around to this way of thinking and I believe his proposals warrant further examination. The best place for this is the Transport Committee and I will ensure they get scrutinised properly.
“If feasible, this would prove a fantastic addition to rural Ireland. It would see a resurgence in social life and lessen the effects of isolation. The NTA should explore this idea to ensure it is fit for purpose and that in using it people can feel safe and secure.
“This is not re-inventing the wheel; we have to remember that Uber works in many countries across the developed world. I don’t see why we can’t tailor it to ensure that it would work for us in rural Ireland”, concluded Deputy Troy.