END IN SIGHT FOR TAXI RANK ROW?
KERRY County Council is hopeful a solution to the long running row over Tralee’s taxi ranks can be found by the time Denny Street and The Mall reopen in November.
Proposals about the location of new ranks are currently with the taxi regulation department of the National Transport Authority and, pending its approval, they will be put out for public consultation.
This is expected to happen within weeks and once the consultation process is complete a report will be prepared for the members of the Tralee Municipal District (TMD) council.
KCC aims to have this report compiled in time for the TMD meeting on November 6 when it is hoped councillors will ratify the proposals.
This would allow the new ranks to come into effect in time for the scheduled reopening of The Mall and Denny Street on November 18.
Although the locations of the new ranks have not been finalised, proposed sites include Bridge Street and Shaws’ Lane, Castle Street, Edward Street, Abbeycourt, The Abbey Car Park and a night-time-only rank on The Mall.
Members of the Tralee Taxi Association, who refuse to use the Abbeycourt rank, want a 24-hour rank on The Mall and a rank on Denny Street. While the association welcomed the consultation it is unclear if all its members will abide by decisions based on it.
Rachel Hayes with her daughter Kelly as she graduated at the Kerry College of Further Education Graduation ceremony at the Brandon Hotel.