Thursday, 28 November 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Public Transport Initiatives
240. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider making the no alcoholic substances allowed programme compulsory for transport providers in an attempt to deal comprehensively with underage drinking; if his attention has been drawn to the fact the programme runs extremely well on a voluntary basis but needs to be made compulsory in order to deal with the growing issue of underage drinking on transport operator vehicles when travelling to and from social events and discos; if he will work on a cross-agency approach with a view to fully implementing the programme on a statutory basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49595/19]
As the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport.
The consumption of alcohol on board transport providers vehicles is covered by bye laws made by Corás Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) in respect of Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail and bye laws made by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in respect of other public transport providers. I have therefore forwarded the Deputy's question to CIÉ and the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive responses within ten working days.