Tuesday, 3 October 2006
Road Traffic and Transport Bill 2006: Committee and Remaining Stages
Paddy Burke (Fine Gael)
I move amendment No. 2:
In page 7, before section 3, to insert the following new section:
3.—The Minister shall, as soon as is practicable, begin the process of producing a Road Traffic Consolidation Act that will act as a consolidated statute of all road traffic legislation.".
This amendment relates to by-laws. Some events facilities, for example Croke Park, see many largely attended fixtures. For people living in residential areas around these facilities, they are prisoners in their houses during such events. Croke Park is being used more often for various events. Who can make by-laws to facilitate residents in such circumstances? As it stands, the Minister says the local authority has the power to implement by-laws. Local authorities, on the other hand, say it is a matter for the Minister to make regulations and to put forward by-laws by regulation. There is much ambiguity in terms of the respective roles of the Minister's office and the local authorities. This amendment would clarify the position by allowing for a clear stipulation of whether, for example, the Minister would give such power to the local authority or whether the persons concerned should apply and the Minister should make the by-laws. The ambiguity in this matter must be removed by a provision allowing for the assignation of this power to a specific person or body.