Thursday, 30 November 2023
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
59. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he had any discussions with the National Transport Authority to increase the number of agents selling the student Leap card, to ensure every county has at least one provider; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51990/23]
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 the regulation of fares charged to passengers in respect of public transport services provided under public service obligation (PSO) contracts. In addition the NTA has responsibility for the tendering and procurement of a provider to supply Leap support and maintenance services which includes the provision of retail services and facilities to sell and top up Leap cards.
In light of the Authority's responsibility in this area, I have forwarded the Deputy's question in relation to the possibility of increasing the number of agents selling the student Leap card, to ensure every county has at least one provider; to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.