Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
832. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of electronic tag users over 2019; the number of electronic tag uses on all tolls in 2019, in tabular form; the domestic and EU regulations pertaining to electronic tags on toll roads with respect to the charging of fees; and the regulation of fees between cash payments, debit and credit cards and electronic tags for road tolls availed of by users. [10771/20]
833. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if each road toll location provides electronic debit and credit card payments in view of Covid-19; if not, the reason; the location of each toll road that currently provides debit and credit card payment facilities by county in tabular form; the toll locations that do not provide debit and credit card payment facilities; and his plans to ensure that all road toll locations should provide such card facilities in view of Covid-19. [10772/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 832 and 833 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the operation and management of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Therefore, matters relating to the day to day operations regarding national roads, including toll roads and the establishment of a system of tolls, are within the remit of TII. More specifically, the statutory power to levy tolls, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into agreements with private investors are vested in TII under Part V of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended).
Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.