Wednesday, 7 June 2006
Department of Transport
Road Traffic Offences
Question 146: To ask the Minister for Transport if he has reached a conclusion on the proposal made to him by the Dublin cycling campaign on 23 February 2006 in relation to the repeal of the requirement for cyclists to use a mandatory cycle lane where one is provided. [21993/06]
No conclusion has yet been reached on this matter. From 3 April 2006 it is a penalty point offence to drive a vehicle on or along a mandatory cycle track during the hours of operation of the track. The scheduling of this offence under a Road Traffic Act 2002 to be a penalty point offence was to enforce compliance with road traffic law and provide an increased level of safety for cyclists required to use that type of cycle track.
Question 148: To ask the Minister for Transport if all public transport vehicles and public service vehicles must have a fire extinguisher; if so, the manner in which this requirement is enforced; the penalties enforced for breach of such a regulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21938/06]
Large public service vehicles are required under Article 79(1) of the Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 1963 to carry a fire extinguisher.
The annual roadworthiness test on these vehicles includes a check that the fire extinguisher is fitted, fully charged and secure.
The penalties for non-compliance with this requirement are a fine not exceeding €800 in the case of a first offence, a fine not exceeding €1,500 in the case of a second or subsequent offence, and a fine of €1,500 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 3 months or both in the case of a third or subsequent offence in a period of 12 consecutive months. Enforcement of road traffic regulations is a matter for the Garda Síochána.