Written answers

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Traffic Offences

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Independent)
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309. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans for the introduction of on-the-spot fines or other such penalties for cycling on footpaths; his plans that such penalties would apply to children; if so, if the views of the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs were sought before making such a proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5276/15]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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In accordance with Action 92 of the Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020, it is my intention to extend the fixed charge notice system to road traffic offences by cyclists.  This will offer a significant improvement to the mechanisms available to An Garda Síochána to enforce road traffic law in cases involving cyclists, and I believe it will improve safety for all road users, cyclists included.

However, I am very conscious of the use that children, on and off their bicycles, make of our footpaths and all of the safety issues that must be considered. I will consult with stakeholders in relation to this specific matter before deciding policy in this area.


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