Written answers

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Cycling Policy

Photo of Neasa HouriganNeasa Hourigan (Dublin Central, Green Party)
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312. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to provide grants and-or supports in line with the cycle to work scheme to those in receipt of the old age pension that wish to purchase a bicycle and or bicycle equipment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32566/20]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As the Deputy is aware, tax policy is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Finance in the first instance. In that regard I very much welcome his announcement of increased thresholds under the existing Cycle to Work Scheme as part of the July Stimulus package. The increases are in line with the commitment made in the Programme for Governmentin relation to the Scheme.

In relation to the specific suggestion of the Deputy, and noting the Minister for Finance’s responsibilities in the area, I do not have any such current plans; however, I do believe the issue can be considered more fully in the context of my Department’s review of Sustainable Mobility policy which is currently ongoing. I intend that the new policy framework will provide a strategic backdrop to the increased investment planned by this Government across the sustainable mobility programme, including active travel.


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