Mitchell calls for ban on taxi ads

IT was one of the more unusual interventions in the Lisbon campaign to date.

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell, who supports a Yes vote, has called for a ban on taxis displaying stickers bearing political slogans.

Angry at the placement of “No to Lisbon” stickers on taxis and hackneys, she claimed, as public service vehicles, they should not be used for electioneering.

“I was horrified yesterday to witness political party workers placing ‘No to Lisbon’ stickers on taxis. I have asked the taxi regulator for clarification on this point, but I believe that taxis should not be used to carry political slogans,” she said. “If it’s not illegal, it is highly inappropriate.”

Would her opinion be different if the taxis displayed “Yes to Lisbon” stickers?

“I don’t believe taxis should be allowed to carry advertising at all, but political advertising on vehicles that have been publicly licensed to carry passengers should be prohibited.”


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