A WELL known taxi driver has called for the reinstatement of PSV officers to regulate the taxi industry in Limerick city.
Former City Councillor, Tim O’Driscoll made his comments following revelations about the taxi industry during a Prime Time Investigates programme, which was broadcast on RTÉ television on Monday night.
During the programme, it was claimed that some taxi drivers were able to bribe NCT inspectors to ensure that cars which were not roadworthy received valid NCT certificates.
As part of the investigation, mechanics examined a number of taxi cars which had “passed” the NCT and described them as “dangerous.”
According to the programme, one of those vehicles was illegally hired out and used as a taxi in Limerick city for several weeks.
In the wake of Monday’s Prime Time programme, a number of NCT inspectors were dismissed by the company which conducts NCT tests in Ireland..
Tim O’Driscoll, who served as a Fianna Fail city councillor between 1985 and 1991 says he was “shocked but not surprised” by the programme and he says it proves the current system of taxi regulation is not working.
“I believe they should revert to the old system and give it (taxi regulation) back to the local PSV sergeant at each location across the country because the sergeant at the carriage office would have a great knowledge of their local area and he or she would also would be able to investigate any complaint against taxi drivers within 24 hours,” he said.