Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Vehicle Testing

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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1037. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of NCT tests due between 1 and 28 March 2020 but were unable to take place due to no available dates for testing before 28 March 2020. [6592/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No.477 of 2006) the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is the body responsible for the operation of periodic roadworthiness testing in the State.  Accordingly, I have forwarded your queryto the RSA as it relates to an operational matter.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)
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1038. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has given instructions to the NDLS, NCTS, CVRT or theory test centres regarding their re-opening plan; if he will consider the possibility of having them re-open as soon as possible while allowing for social distancing measures to deal with a growing backlog; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6594/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The RSA is currently working, in consultation with my Department, on plans for the resumption of the range of public services and functions for which it is responsible, following the publication of the Government roadmap and, more recent, the National Return to Work Safety Protocol agreed by employer and trade union representatives – including carrying out risk assessments.  All such plans naturally have to take account of backlogs due to the period of closure.

The CVRT service began operating again as of 18 May 2020.  Dates for the resumption of the remaining RSA functions and services, and any special arrangements which will need to be put into place to allow for the provision of these services, will be determined in consultation with the relevant health authorities.

 The safety of the public, from both infection and death or injury on the roads, is of paramount importance at this time and in this, as in all aspects of the Covid-19 crisis, my Department will be guided by NPHET and national experts.

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