Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
29. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide details of plans to establish a dedicated transport service to support persons with a mobility disability, as he has previously mentioned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46152/22]
As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
I am fully committed to strengthening our public transport offerings and progressively making them accessible for all, especially for Disabled People, Persons with Disabilities, Persons with Reduced Mobility and Older People.
However, I must emphasise to the Deputy that specialised non-public (closed) door-to-door services do not fall under my aegis. The type of dedicated transport service to support persons with a mobility disability, referred to by the Deputy, falls outside of the public transport remit of my Department and its agencies.
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Inclusion, and Youth are currently overseeing a stocktaking exercise of such schemes, and would be best placed to give further details.