Rickshaw operators face Garda crackdown

Rickshaw operators face Garda crackdown
Cork City Rickshaw Taxi

Gardaí will be asked to crack down on rickshaw operations after City Hall chiefs said they cannot regulate them.

The use of rickshaws as an informal mode of transport has grown in recent years and has prompted safety concerns from several bodies.

Councillor Joe Kavanagh (FG) said the matter needs to be addressed immediately due to an increased number of rickshaw operators in the city.

“The issue with rickshaws isn’t going away,” said Mr Kavanagh.“They are sharing the roads with regulated vehicles and we need to pursue this. It needs to be put forward to the joint policing committee.”

Council director of roads Gerry O’Beirne said the council has no role to play and gardaí must be engaged.

“Rickshaws, whether they are cycle or mechanically propelled, are subject to the national road traffic laws similar to any other vehicles on the roadway, the enforcement of such laws, and regulations is a matter for An Garda Síochána only. As a result of this, Cork City Council cannot impose any fines on rickshaw operators.”

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