Written answers

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

9:00 pm

Photo of Deirdre CluneDeirdre Clune (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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Question 460: To ask the Minister for Transport the structures that are in place to ensure that rogue driving instructors not registered with the Road Safety Authority are prevented from operating; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15212/10]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Minister, Department of Transport; Meath West, Fianna Fail)
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Under section 4 of the Road Safety Authority Act 2006, registration of driving instructors is a function of the Road Safety Authority (RSA). Under the Road Traffic (Driving Instructor Licensing) (No.2) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 203 of 2009), authorisation and registration of driving instructors and administration of driving instructor's licences are matters for the Road Safety Authority.

Photo of Michael D'ArcyMichael D'Arcy (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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Question 461: To ask the Minister for Transport if there is a potential ban for pulling trailers for mechanically propelled vehicles; if there is, is it likely to be relevant to four wheel drive vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15331/10]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Minister, Department of Transport; Meath West, Fianna Fail)
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Road Traffic legislation sets specific requirements for trailers using public roads in this State. These include provisions on the construction, equipment, use and lighting of trailers along with requirements for their licensing, plating and roadworthiness testing. By October 2013 all new trailers built in the EU will have to be Type Approved to the minimum EC or national standard before being used on a public road in any EU Member State. I am not aware of any proposal to ban the towing of a trailer by a mechanically propelled vehicle.

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