Independant councillor criticise EV taxi scheme

by Rachel Cunningham
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An independent Dublin city councillor has criticised the Green Party for encouraging taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles when they are unavailable 

“Only in Ireland could you offer a grant to people to change their cars to electric vehicles when there are none available now, nor will there be until well into 2023”, Noeleen Reilly, Chair of Dublin City Councils Traffic and Transport SPC, stated. 

She claimed to have been contacted by taxi drivers attempting to avail of the Electric Vehicle Taxi Scheme who have been told by manufactures that none will be available until the end of March 2023. 

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“The minister said in February of this year that this scheme was highly successful but how can it be if taxi drivers cannot avail of the grant or get their hands on an electric vehicle? This proves difficult for drivers who have no choice but to change their vehicle this year and will have to continue using diesel vehicles”, she commented. 

Councillor Reilly highlighted the financial burden this will place on workers who could have availed of the grant. 

“None of this helps reduce our emissions and support the environment. The minister needs to become organised and ensure there is a steady stream of electric vehicles into Ireland”, she added. 

The councillor also called on the Minister for Transport to show some flexibility towards taxi drivers who must replace their vehicles. 

Underscoring the taxi shortage following the pandemic, she commented: “Anyone in Dublin who has tried to get a taxi recently knows how difficult that is and people can often be left walking for thirty or forty minutes on their way home. This is simply not safe.” 

“Taxis are such an important part of our public transport system, yet drivers are given nowhere near the same level of support other forms receive”, Councillor Reilly stated. “One example is the ten-year rule where after anyone wishing to stay in the industry must buy a new or nearly new vehicle putting huge financial strain on people. The rising cost of fuel and the shortage of electric vehicles is also adding to increase costs”. 

“Unless action is taken, we will soon see other industries suffering because people will be fearful of not getting home safely”, she warned.

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