Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
The most challenged legislation on the Irish Statute Book is the Road Traffic Act 2010. The Judiciary, accident victims, advocacy groups and legal representatives have all called for that body of law to be consolidated into one Act. I understand it is a promise contained in the programme for Government. I understand that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Ross, made a commitment to bring forward a new consolidated road traffic Bill, but through the work of RTÉ and a freedom of information request we realised that no work on consolidating that Act has started. Instead, the Minister wishes to complicate this Act further by introducing new and disproportionate penalties. First, can the Taoiseach say when we will see the new consolidated road traffic Bill? Can he also confirm that no further amendments of a disproportionate nature will be inserted into the Act until such time as the new road traffic Bill is brought before the House?