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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (10 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has statutory responsibility for the National Driver Testing Service and the information requested is held by that agency. I have therefore referred the question to the RSA for direct, detailed reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Data (10 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: All Terrain and Quadricycle vehicles should be registered with Revenue and therefore have a corresponding registration on the Department of Transport's National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF) database. However if the vehicles are only used on private property (e.g., on farms) they do not require taxation. For this reason two tables are provided below, one for registered vehicles and one for...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Schemes (10 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 to 42, inclusive, together. Irish airports and air carriers must comply with European Union Regulation (EC) 1107/2006 concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility ("PRM") when travelling by air (“Regulation 1107”). The objective of this Regulation is to ensure “high and equivalent levels of protection...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: National Car Test (10 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: Under European Directive 2014/45/EU on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers, Ireland, like all other EU Member States, is obliged to adhere to the minimum specified intervals for carrying out periodic roadworthiness inspections on motor vehicles. This is given effect in Irish law by means of the Road Traffic (National Car Test) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No....

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (10 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 53 together. Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has statutory responsibility for the National Driver Testing Service and the information requested is held by that agency. As such, I have referred the question to the RSA for direct, detailed reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (10 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006, the Road Safety Authority has statutory responsibility for the National Driver Licence Service and the information requested is held by that agency. I have therefore referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days. My Department does not have access...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Services (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: 85. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to expedite, where possible, the passport application of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29707/24]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Traffic Accidents (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has a statutory remit to report on fatal, serious and minor injury collisions on public roads. The RSA receives collision data from An Garda Síochána for this purpose and produces official statistics to help develop evidence-based road safety interventions. Given the RSA's responsibility in this matter, I have referred the Deputy's questions to...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: My Department and the Road Safety Authority have agreed an approach to addressing the issue of ongoing renewal of learner permits without sitting a driving test. It is intended that there will be a requirement to have sat a driving test before renewing a learner permit and that there will be a limit to the number of renewals that can be made before a learner must start the process again. ...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: My Department currently engages in extensive data sharing with An Garda Síochána. We share a vehicle file twice weekly containing information to populate the PULSE system. This includes details on vehicle ownership and insurance. On a weekly basis we share a driver file with driver number, driver name and address details, driver status, driver sex, driver date of birth and driver...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: The Road Traffic and Roads Act (2023) was passed last June. The Act contains significant provisions related to allowing access to the NVDF by motor insurers and intermediaries to verify the Driver Number and gain access to endorsement and disqualification data. Section 14(c) when commenced will expand access to allow not only insurers but also intermediaries acting on their behalf to...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: It is important to distinguish between registration of a vehicle, from subsequent processing activity in its vehicle lifecycle. Initial registration of all new and imported vehicles is a matter for the Revenue Commissioners, so any data quality issues around the name and address details registered for such vehicle owners, and verification of same, is a matter for that office. Section 4 of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Legislative Programme (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: It has long been agreed that the Road Traffic Acts, which date back to 1961 and have been amended on multiple occasions, are overdue for consolidation. For this reason, we committed to addressing this issue as part of the Programme for Government. On coming into Government, we prioritised the need for urgent road traffic legislation in a number of areas, such as electric scooters, and we...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Traffic Accidents (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has a statutory remit to report on fatal, serious and minor injury collisions on public roads. As such, I have referred the Deputy's question to the RSA for direct, detailed reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: The agreement on the mutual recognition of driving disqualifications between Ireland and the United Kingdom is set out in the Road Traffic Act 2016. Under section 40(10) of the Act, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is the competent authority of the State and the central authority of the State for the purposes of the agreement. Information regarding the operation of the agreement is be...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety Authority (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: The requirement for a disqualified driver to surrender their licence is set out in the Road Traffic Act 2002 and the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 2006 (SI 537 of 2006). Failure to comply with the requirement to surrender a licence is an offence. Enforcement of road traffic legislation is a matter for An Garda Síochána. Since 2014, Gardaí have had the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: The Road Traffic and Roads Act (2023) was passed last June. The Act contains significant provisions related to the Irish Motor Insurance Database (IMID) which is operated by the Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland (MIBI). A number of sections of the Act have already been commenced. In order for IMID to be populated with verified driver numbers by insurers and intermediaries acting on their...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Insurance Coverage (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: I am informed by the Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland that information in relation to vehicles uploaded to the National Fleet Database has been provided to An Garda Síochána on a daily basis since 4 June 2024. This is in addition to the details for more than 3 million other vehicles provided daily from the Irish Motor Insurance Database. Checking and verifying the information...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Motor Industry (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: The details requested by the Deputy are provided in the table below. The data reflect the number of vehicles registered on the Department's National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF) database each year from 2020 to 2023 and as of the 30th of June 2024. Year of Registration on NVDF County Fuel Type ...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (9 Jul 2024)

James Lawless: Someone resident in Ireland must have an Irish or EU driving licence to drive here. In accordance with the EU Driving Licence Directive, the foreign driving licence must be surrendered to the Road Safety Authority. The most common reason for delays in the licence exchange process is from verification of the driving licence from the other driving licence authority. At times a response is...

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