Thursday, 5 December 2019
Department of Justice and Equality
151. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if An Garda Síochána will be seeking to emulate the successful informational campaign that was carried out by police forces in the UK following the introduction of safe passing distance legislation. [51074/19]
152. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department or agencies within his remit plan to purchase additional safe passing mats as donated by a company (details supplied) to the An Garda Síochána in 2019. [51075/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 151 and 152 together.
The Deputy will be aware that road traffic legislation is the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Shane Ross, T.D.
Further to regulations made by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2019), as of midnight, Tuesday 12th November 2019, new laws protecting cyclists have come into effect. The new legislation will make it an offence to dangerously overtake a pedal cyclist. Building on existing legislation, it provides for an increased fixed charge penalty of €120 and three penalty points for offenders.
I am not aware of any plans by An Garda Síochána to purchase safe passing mats.
Additional information on the roll-out of new signage awareness raising measures in relation to this matter can be requested from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Road Safety Authority.