Blow to taxi drivers and customers
Customers and drivers have been dealt a blow by the Sinn Fein and DUP rejection of a single-tier taxi system, says SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood.
Mr Eastwood made the comment after the DUP and Sinn Fein opposed moves to introuce new legislation to regulate the taxi industry. The introduction of a single tier system would abolish the distinction between public and private hire taxis.
He said: “Despite the desires of a majority of drivers and customers there will be no taxi metering introduced for the forseeable future because Sinn Fein and DUP blocked this legislation.
"People want to see a single-tier system. In cities across the world people can hail a taxi in the street but not in Derry. That is very frustrating for customers and drivers and at best very confusing for visitors to our city.”
“A number of years ago, the Department of Environment consulted the public about their view on the issue. It turned out that 84% of those surveyed supported the department's proposals. The Consumer Council, Disability Action, Women's Aid, Victim Support, Belfast Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, Pubs of Ulster and Visit Belfast supported them. It will also come as a blow to them that Sinn Fein and the DUP have rejected the proposals.”