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Poll: Do you think taxi deregulation was a good idea?

The Minister for Public Transport says that the overhaul of the taxis industry has made the industry “unrecognisable”.

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THE LIBERALISATON OF the taxi market 13 years ago may have increased the number of taxis on the streets but the Minister for Public Transport has said the deregulation of the industry led to a flood of new drivers, something Kelly says was handled in a “laissez faire” attitude.


He added the relaxation allowed some people drive taxis that should never have been granted licences in the first place.

Speaking to, he said that deregulation allowed too many people get licences and the industry was opened up in way that ignored the fact that regulatory controls are still needed in a deregulated industry.

In today’s poll, we want to know: Do you think taxi deregulation was a good idea?

Poll Results:

No (2707)
I don't know (1763)
Yes (922)

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