A Sligo councillor is warning that moves to force taxi cars over the age of ten years will have a negative impact on rural Ireland.
Sligo councillor Paul Taylor has made the claims adding that the level of public transport in many areas is far from adequate.
It’s being claimed that over 3,500 taxi-drivers with ten year old cabs may be forced off the road by next year.
The National Transport Authority has been warned to update their rules on the lifespan of taxis, so no driver will be out of work due to the age of their cars.
During the Covid pandemic, the age span on taxis was extended but that is due to expire at the end of the year.
The Fianna Fáil councillor says that many people living rurally depend on taxi drivers for completing daily tasks.