Taxi drivers facing ruin because of arbitrary approach by National Transport Authority

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Nine year rule needs to be scrapped in favour of a fair road worthiness test

“The nine year rule being applied to cars being driven as taxis is forcing full time career taxi drivers out of the trade. Time and again taxi drivers are telling me that they cannot access credit to purchase new cars but have spent what money they have to keep their existing cars road worthy.

“The nine year rule does not apply to drivers whose licence number is below 45,000 which is a bizarre and arbitrary cut off. Anomalous situations can arise now where cars of greater years and greater miles on the clock and are road worthy can remain on the streets than younger cars who happen to be over nine years.

“I call on the Minister for Transport to replace the nine year rule with a fair road worthiness test. This is only one part of a solution of a wider package of necessary and radical reforms to save the taxi trade which me and my United Left Alliance colleagues will be advocating.”