Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today expressed his disappointment at the decision of the Assembly to annul the Taxi Licensing Regulations 2014.
The Minister said: “I was very disappointed that the Regulations have been voted down by the Assembly, having previously been supported by the Environment Committee. The reasons that some parties decided to vote down the Regulations were not made clear during the Assembly debate.
“These proposals were also supported by, among many others, disability and consumer groups, by the Pubs of Ulster, by the Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce, by Visit Belfast and by Victim Support.
“The Taxi Licensing Regulations provide essential provisions to enable regulations on meters, printers and fares, reforms I am committed to implement for the protection of the travelling public and taxi providers. Regulating for a safe, fair and fit for purpose taxi industry remains as vital today as it was when my predecessor Arlene Foster introduced the legislation and the Assembly passed the Taxis Act in 2008.
“Taxis are a vital element of our public transport infrastructure, providing essential transport to visitors and residents.
“I therefore call on all political parties to hold to the commitments made during the debate to find a sensible compromise, recognising that the status quo is not sustainable. I am committed to playing my part in this.”