Written answers

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Department of Transport

Public Transport

9:00 pm

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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Question 625: To ask the Minister for Transport the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath is being asked to cease operating a school bus service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34478/09]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Minister, Department of Transport; Meath West, Fianna Fail)
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The Road Transport Act, 1932 provides the statutory basis for regulating the provision of passenger road services by private bus operators. Any private operator providing a passenger road service is required to hold an annual passenger licence for that service. My Department was made aware that the operator in question commenced a passenger road service without obtaining a passenger licence in breach of section 7 of the Road Transport Act, 1932. The service is also in direct competition with an existing licensed service. My Department requested the operator to immediately cease the operation of the illegal service. As the operator chose to ignore my Department's request the case has been referred to the Garda Síochána for appropriate attention.

Photo of Michael MulcahyMichael Mulcahy (Dublin South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 626: To ask the Minister for Transport the percentage of buses in the Dublin Bus fleet that can accommodate wheelchair passengers; the number of these that can accommodate more than one wheelchair passenger at a time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34534/09]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Minister, Department of Transport; Meath West, Fianna Fail)
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The percentage of Dublin Bus vehicles which are currently wheelchair accessible is 88%, all of which can accommodate one wheelchair passenger at a time.

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