Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Emergency Services

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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998. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the position regarding the use of blue lights and sirens by organisations, aside from emergency services, transporting blood such as a group (details supplied) will be clarified; if organisations involved in this activity can access the ESDS driver training program; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6051/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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Exemptions from certain provisions of road traffic legislation are provided for emergency service first responders under section 87 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, as amended.  These exemptions apply to members of the Garda Síochána, the fire brigade and the ambulance services. 

I have no plans to extend these exemptions to any other groups.

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