FORMER Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has said that the Department of Infrastructure must apply a common sense approach to guidance on minibus licensing.
The Foyle MLA said: “Most people will have their head in their hands reading about what appears to be a bureaucracy motivated approach to minibus licensing.
“A change in the current system which allows volunteers, teachers and those not driving a minibus for commercial gain would be a fundamental mistake and would have a serious knock on impact.
“Community transport providers and schools across the north rely on the flexibility of the current system.
“At a time when budgets are extremely tight, forcing schools and community groups to put people through the CPC qualification is an additional burden that many can’t shoulder.
“The Department of Infrastructure must apply a common sense approach to this.
“But the best way to ensure it’s resolved properly is to have a Minister in post, making decisions in the best interests of our communities and those we represent,” he added.