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Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Referral to Select Committee (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I move:That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport pursuant to Standing Orders 84A(3)(a) and 149(1).

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Éireann (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: The issue raised is a matter for Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to Bus Éireann for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: National Car Test (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: The fee of €15.50 for a duplicate copy of the NCT vehicle inspection report has been in place since January 2002. This cost covers administration and I have no plans at this time to review this cost. It is my understanding that the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is reviewing the possibility of providing a vehicle's roadworthiness inspection history via an online platform. The...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety Authority (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 267 to 270, inclusive, together. As per section 14 of the Road Safety Authority Act 2006, members of the board of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are appointed by me as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Individual persons are not approached to be appointed. Appointments to state boards, including the RSA, are processed...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Expenditure (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: The gross total  allocation for my Department in the Revised Estimates 2017 was €1.8bn. This is made up of €680m Current and €1,130m Capital. There was capital carryover from 2016 of €10.96m. We received a Technical Supplementary Estimate of €12.5m and had a carryover to 2018 of 10.95m.  Apart from the carryover of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 279, inclusive, 281, 282 and 309 together. The Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, 'Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021' published in September 2015, provided funding to progress a number of key public transport projects included in the National Transport Authority's (NTA) 'Transport Strategy...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Transport Infrastructure Provision (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: My Department is reviewing how it intervenes in the various freight modes of road, rail, maritime and air, to identify how we can best support all involved in the logistics chain, including producers, retailers, importers, exporters and transport providers. The proportion of freight in Ireland moved by rail is low at present, at a little over 1% of total domestic freight tonnage. However,...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Roads Maintenance (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: The capital investment programme in the roads sector continues to be framed by the conclusions reached in the Department's Strategic Framework for Investment in Land Transport (SFILT) which highlighted the importance of the maintenance and renewal of transport infrastructure together with targeted investments to improve the existing network. Most of the expenditure in the programme...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 284 to 291, inclusive, 300 to 303, inclusive, and 310 together. As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects Expenditure (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 292 to 294, inclusive, and 304 to 308, inclusive, together. The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the council's own resources supplemented by State road grants....

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects Expenditure (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 295 to 299, inclusive, together. As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects Status (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. My Department has recently received a submission from Galway County Council in connection with...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Roads Maintenance Funding (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Roads Maintenance Funding (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Company Liquidations (18 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I am advised there are no consequences regarding jobs and services under public transport contracts for my Department, or any of the agencies or companies under the aegis of my Department who are delivering public transport services, as a result of the liquidation of the company referred to by the Deputy.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (17 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I am as certain now as I was at the start of the debate that there is agreement on the danger posed by drink-driving and agreement on the need to tackle it firmly in our laws, even if we do not always agree on how best to tackle it. I would like to thank those who have supported this very important proposal to strengthen the law on drink-driving. I know there are those who still argue...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (17 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: The issue of people not returning their driving licences when they are disqualified was raised by Deputies Broughan, Eugene Murphy and Troy. Drivers who are disqualified are required by law to return their licences and the fact that very few do is completely unacceptable. However, the real problem is not disqualified drivers failing to return their licences; it is disqualified drivers who...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (17 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I thank everybody who contributed to the debate not only tonight, but on previous nights. In some cases, they were extremely constructive. The debate has been marked this evening by a lack of willingness to address the issue and a complete lack of recognition of the fact that the Bill is about one thing and one thing only, which is saving lives. It is not about Garda enforcement, speeding,...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (17 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: I will yield to no one in the attention I have given to rural Ireland since I came into the Department. The Deputy referenced one trip to Tipperary. How many trips have I made?

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (17 Jan 2018)

Shane Ross: At least three. I have visited Deputy Collin's constituency and I have been to Galway, which Deputy Grealish represents. I have been everywhere I have been asked to go and I will continue to do that. There is no absolutely impetus, direction or interest on my part in attacking rural Ireland-----

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