“Calling all members: A General Election is coming”
Members, a general election is coming. Now is the time to get behind a push to have the new
elected representatives of the country change the legislation for the admission of vehicles to use
Bus Lanes. For over 20 years Limousines (Small Public Service Vehicles) have not been allowed
to use Bus Lanes, but Taxis (Small Public Service Vehicles) have. It is now time to end this discrimination.
All members are asked to make a point of raising this matter with any canvasser, politician, or prospective
candidate, they meet over the next month! It is now only a political decision that will enforce this change.
Many approaches have been made successfully to enlist the backing of interested parties on this subject.
Only the Department of Transport have consistently rejected the admission of Limousines to Bus Lanes. We
have had the support of all Tourism Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Employers (local and
Multinational) and other numerous Federations. We have received understanding from The Gardaí and the
However, Transport for Ireland (formerly the NTA, our licencing authority) will not support us because the
Department instructs them so. The traffic policies of the country (not just Dublin) are heavily influenced
by C.I.E. (and it’s various arms, Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus, DART, LUAS, or Irish Rail). They believe that only
their vehicles should have access to certain parts of the public road. They object strenuously to other
vehicles being allowed in Bus Lanes.
The time has come to MAKE A STAND. In Dublin over the next 10 – 15 years Limousines may be barred from
entering many areas of the city centre. O’ Connell Street, Batchelor’s Walk, Westmoreland Street, D’Olier
Street, College Green, Dame Street, Suffolk Street, Georges Quay, etc. This could be replicated in other
cities throughout the country.