Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Department of Transport
Question 673: To ask the Minister for Transport if he will report on the licensing of bus services between Dublin and Galway, in particular the operation of a non-stop service by a company (details supplied) between Dublin and Galway which allegedly has not been awarded a licence by his Department; if this matter has been referred to An Garda Síochána; if there are other bus routes or services that are being investigated for operating without a licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38922/09]
I can confirm that there are 3 licensed operators on the Galway-Dublin City/Airport route offering a range of multi stop and non stop services. Only one of these operators is licensed to operate a non stop service. My Department is aware that one of the operators in question is operating an unlicensed non stop service between Galway-Dublin City/Airport and that this matter has been referred to An Garda Síochána. I can confirm that 3 other unlicensed services on other routes are currently being investigated by my Department.