Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Transport

Disabled Drivers

12:00 pm

Photo of Caoimhghín Ó CaoláinCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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Question 186: To ask the Minister for Transport if his Department has ordered the national mobility centre to issue disabled person's parking permits only to persons with lower leg disabilities; if so, the reason for this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43942/09]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Meath West, Fianna Fail)
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I have not issued any such order. Under the Road Traffic Acts and the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997, the granting of a disabled person's parking permit is a matter for the issuing authorities, the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Disabled Drivers Association. For the purposes of the Disabled Parking Scheme, the Regulations define a disabled person as a "person who is suffering from a disability that prevents that person from walking or causes undue hardship to the person in walking".


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