Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Transport Policy

Photo of Marc MacSharryMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail)
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230. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has considered measures to support carpooling such as introducing legislation to allow persons to reimburse each other for the cost of wear and tear and fuel without requiring a commercial licence or insurance. [43959/19]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The Deputy's suggestion is interesting and one which I believe could be usefully developed as part of a submission on the review of sustainable mobility policy which I will be launching very shortly.

This review will look at all aspects of current policy in relation to sustainable mobility.  It will allow all stakeholders to reflect on what has been achieved, what remains to be done and how our policy frameworks can support the realisation of a more sustainable transport system.

As part of the public consultation, I will be publishing a comprehensive suite of documents looking at the most important areas of public transport and active travel policy and seeking the views of all stakeholders.  I will also publish a report of last year's initial Round Table Discussion with stakeholders, an Ex Post Evaluation of the Smarter Travel Areas programme 2012-2016 and a high-level assessment of the actions under the existing policies, Smarter Travel: A Sustainable Transport Future and the National Cycle Policy Framework.

I look forward to the next phase of this work and engaging with the public and all stakeholders as we look to shape the future direction of public transport and active travel policy and would welcome further engagement with the Deputy on the matter raised.


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