CORK, Ireland - In an operation on Monday, Gardai said that they had seized 19 rickshaws in Cork City.
The Garda-led operation, in conjunction with Customs and Social Welfare officers and Revenue, reportedly led to the seizures of rickshaws under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act.
A garda road policing unit made the seizures during an operation carried out as part of an ongoing operation with Revenue and Department of Social Protection.
According to officials, the vehicles, which are often motorized, are a popular form of transportation for late night revellers in cities.
In June last year, Dublin City Council issued a public advisory notice warning of the safety hazards of using rickshaws.
In its notice posted on its website, the Council said, “Dublin City council wishes to advise members of the public, for their own safety and the safety of others, that rickshaws operating in Dublin City are not regulated by DCC or otherwise. Some rickshaw operators appear not to have public liability insurance.”
Commenting on the operation, Local Fine Gael Councillor Joe Kavanagh said, “It is a step in the right direction in relation to the regulation of these rickshaws. I’m delighted to see the law is being applied on a level playing field for everyone. For too long these rickshaw drivers have been ignored while blatantly flouting the law. People have been allowed to operate a business with these rickshaws which are uninsured, untaxed and are often seen breaking the rules of the road.”
Pointing out that rickshaws are a public safety concern, Kavanagh said, “These rickshaws have been seen driving on footpaths and going the wrong way up one-way streets. It is a matter of safety for the general public. Also it is great news for the law-abiding public service operators in the city.”