Written answers

Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Department of Transport

Road Traffic Offences

9:00 pm

Photo of Mary UptonMary Upton (Dublin South Central, Labour)
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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]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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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.

Photo of Pádraic McCormackPádraic McCormack (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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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]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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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.

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