Letter from the Ministry of Defence regarding Soldiers driving Taxis

Letter from the Ministry of Defence regarding Soldiers driving Taxis

Special thanks to Bohemian boy regular commenter here on the Blog:

I have been asked by Mr. Alan Shatter T.D. Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence, to write to you regarding your recent correspondence regarding Defence Forces personnel engaged in taxi driving.

The Minister has asked me to advise you that the Defence Forces Policy on off-duty employment makes clear that a Permanent Defence Force member’s service to the State takes precedence over off-duty employment, and that no employment should be undertaken that would prevent a member of the Permanent Defence Force from being available for duty at all times. The policy also makes it clear that no off-duty employment undertaken by a member of the Permanent Defence Force has the expressed or implied approval or sanction of the General Staff. Further, it is provided in Defence Forces Regulations that where off-duty employment is deemed likely to prove detrimental or prejudicial to the best interest of the service, measures may be taken to terminate or limit the scope of such employment.

Regarding your point specifically in relation to taxi driving by Defence Forces personnel based in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, the military authorities have advised the Minister that two recent inspections of the car park were carried out. During the course of these inspections only one car parked in barracks was found to have a decal.

With regard to the Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 this is currently being considered by the Oireachtas. Subject to the Oireachtas enacting the Bill, and it being signed into law by the President, the provisions will then apply to members of the Permanent Defence Force in the same way as they will to all other citizens of the State.

I trust this information is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely,