Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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976. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the phase of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business the NCT, CVRT, driver tests and licences fall under. [5727/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The safety of the public is of paramount importance at this time in all aspects of the Covid-19 crisis. My Department is guided by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and national experts in relation to the resumption of services.

My officials and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are currently examining the possibility and appropriate timing of resuming the range of services and legal functions for which the RSA is responsible, in light of the roadmap recently published by Government and the National Return to Work Safely Protocol agreed by the employers and trade unions.

I am pleased to say that CVR testing resumed on 18 May 2020, initially for those vehicles with a test due date prior to 28 March 2020 (when the new Regulations came into effect), who did not benefit from the four-month extension.  CVR testing generally will resume in subsequent weeks, including for those vehicles with a test due date from 28 March 2020.

I hope to make further announcements in relation to the other services, subject to satisfactory progress in relation to public health requirements, over the coming weeks.

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