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Lynch hosts meeting between taxi drivers, operators and Department of Infrastructure

Published: 7 November, 2016

Seán Lynch, MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone was pleased to host a meeting this week between Department of Infrastructure, local taxi drivers and operators.

Speaking from Fermanagh House, Mr Lynch said:

"I was pleased to be able to bring together local taxi drivers and operators and the Department of Infrastructure this week to a meeting in Fermanagh House.

"Several taxi operators have contacted me recently regarding the changes to legislation and requirements which affect them and, indeed, all those who use taxis.

"The meeting was very informative with Department of Infrastructure official, Alex Boyd, outlining the recent changes.

"There was also great input from local taxi drivers who had many questions regarding the recent changes and positive suggestions as to how to tackle issues that have been arising.

"Mr Boyd also updated drivers and operators about legislation which my party colleague, Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard, is reviewing such as the taxi licensing test and issues with Class C categorisation.

"I was also pleased to hear that the Department have set up a 'Taxi Advisory Forum' made up of various stakeholders to ensure that the taxi industry is a fit, safe and modern service.

"We were advised that the forum would benefit from increased representation with drivers from rural areas like ours. I would encourage some of our local drivers to get involved with that.

"I am heartened to see local people becoming involved in the issues which affect them and will continue to support them in the future." - Ends/Críoch