Tuesday, 3 November 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Closed-Circuit Television Systems
313. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce cameras to address motorists illegally parking and to support enforcement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32577/20]
Section 81 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 provides for the use of cameras, if so required, by the Gardaí to assist in the detection of certain traffic offences under the Road Traffic Acts. The offences specified include those made under Section 35 of the Road Traffic Act 1994 which is the basis for the current Traffic and Parking Regulations covering, among other things, the parking offences mentioned by the Deputy. This power has been successfully used by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), working in partnership with the Gardaí, in relation to speeding offences and it is available to other road authorities to use those powers on a similar basis for other offences.
Given the burden of proof for the enforcement of such criminal offences, however, the same Act specifically requires that any electronic apparatus used to capture evidence of this nature must have been approved in advance either by An Garda Síochána itself or by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
314. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce cameras to address motorists illegally using the bus lane and to support enforcement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32578/20]
The success of bus priority measures is an essential component in people moving from cars to more sustainable modes of transport, thereby reducing emissions and congestion. It is therefore necessary to ensure that we have the best possible system for enforcement of the rules on bus corridors, particularly in the context of BusConnects.
Officials in my Department are currently engaging with the National Transport Authority and other stakeholders to see how this can best be achieved.