Thursday, 19 January 2023
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
62. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will examine the impact current driver schedules, pay and rosters are having in the retention and recruitment of drivers in Dublin Bus, a company (details supplied) and Bus Éireann, which is resulting in frequent cancellation of services across the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2377/23]
As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally and for the scheduling of these services in conjunction with the relevant transport operators.
Furthermore, the terms and conditions of employees (including driver schedules, pay and rosters) are a matter for the relevant companies and do not fall within my remit as Minister for Transport.
I have, therefore, referred the Deputy's question to Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and GoAhead for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.