Thursday, 18 November 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
150. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the policy in relation to dogs travelling on LocalLink bus services, regional bus services, trains and other forms of public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56638/21]
As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
It is the National Transport Authority (NTA) which has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. The NTA also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme which operates under the TFI Local Link brand. The NTA works with the relevant public transport operators, who have responsibility for day to day operational issues.
In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.