Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
We do not have a date for the publication of the heads of the road traffic consolidation Bill. I agree that it is necessary. We have consolidated company law, tax law and social welfare legislation. Road traffic legislation is among the most highly litigated in Ireland and it would make sense and eliminate a lot of loopholes if we were to consolidate it. I understand that very little progress has been made on that particular project to date. The priority has been on updating legislation. Yesterday Cabinet gave the Minister approval to draft his Bill. However, we decided that two aspects required further consideration, namely the issue of graduated speed limits and the issue of people driving without having their driver licences on them. We acknowledge that the law needs to be tightened in these areas. We want to do it in a way that is appropriate and not draconian. We do not want to deny any citizens the freedom of the road or drive anyone off the road, provided they are driving safely.