355. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of written notifications sent by the Road Safety Authority in 2015 to learner drivers for the offence of driving while unaccompanied informing them of the number of penalty points being added to their learner permit; the number of those notices that confirmed that the fixed charge notices was paid within the time limit; the number of notices that confirmed conviction in court of the offence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18630/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Road Traffic Offences Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 355 to 357, inclusive, together.
These statistics are within the remit of the Road Safety Authority, and I have forwarded this Parliamentary Question to them for direct reply. Please contact my office if a reply has not been received within 10 working days.
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356. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of written notifications sent by the Road Safety Authority in 2016 to learner drivers for the offence of driving while unaccompanied informing them of the number of penalty points being added to their learner permit; the number of those notices that confirmed that the fixed charge notices was paid within the time limit; the number of notices that confirmed conviction in court of the offence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18631/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Road Traffic Offences Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 355 to 357, inclusive, together.
These statistics are within the remit of the Road Safety Authority, and I have forwarded this Parliamentary Question to them for direct reply. Please contact my office if a reply has not been received within 10 working days.
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357. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of written notifications sent by the Road Safety Authority in 2017 to learner drivers for the offence of driving while unaccompanied informing them of the number of penalty points being added to their learner permit; the number of those notices that confirmed that the fixed charge notices was paid within the time limit; the number of notices that confirmed conviction in court of the offence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18632/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Road Traffic Offences Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 355 to 357, inclusive, together.
These statistics are within the remit of the Road Safety Authority, and I have forwarded this Parliamentary Question to them for direct reply. Please contact my office if a reply has not been received within 10 working days.
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39. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when action No. 33 of the RSA Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020 (details supplied) will be enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16271/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Road Safety Strategy)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Action 33 of the Road Safety Strategy, for which the Road Safety Authority have lead responsibility, is that long term reliance on multiple learner permits should be reduced by introducing measures to ensure that learner permit holders sit a driving test before they can obtain a subsequent learner permit. 
I understand from the Road Safety Authority that an action plan has been developed to progress this initiative. However, increa...

46. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he is taking to improve direct ferry links to Europe in view of the imminence of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16270/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Ferry Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Ireland is well served by ferry links to the Uk and continental Europe. These links are frequent and competitive, and are vital to facilitate trade and tourism.
All shipping companies servicing routes to and from Ireland operate as independent commercial companies. Any new initiatives to enhance shipping services must be market driven. My Department has no function in, nor finance for, the provision of ferry services.
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516. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 1295 of 17 April 2018, the follow-up that has taken place to retrieve licences from the 281 learner drivers who did not surrender their licences; the way in which these licences have been taken from the disqualified drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17861/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Driver Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The policy and management of the surrendering of driving licences is the responsibility of the Road Safety Authority. In light of the RSA’s responsibility in the matters raised, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Authority for a more detailed reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.
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517. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 1295 of 17 April 2018, if any of the 544 learner drivers were subsequently involved in a road traffic collision following their disqualification; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17862/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Driver Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The information requested by the Deputy is not available on the National Vehicle and Driver File, as no details in relation to traffic collisions are provided or recorded on the database.
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518. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 1295 of 17 April 2018, the procedure to access the licences which were not surrendered; his plans for improvement in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17863/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Driver Licences)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The policy and management of the surrendering of driving licences is the responsibility of the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Authority for a more detailed reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.
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303. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact no buses serve Dublin Airport from Dublin 13; his plans to introduce new bus routes which will serve the Airport from Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17142/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Bus Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.   The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with the relevant transport operator and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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212. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of accessible taxis available here; his plans to increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16946/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Taxi Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013. 
In order to support an increase in the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) in Ireland’s SPSV fleet, licences for new taxis or hackneys will only be granted in respect of WAVs.  This requirement was introduced in 2010. 
To supplement this measure, t...

1289. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will hold discussions with the motor industry and promote policies to ensure that all new cars and commercial vehicles have advanced driver assistance systems as standard features of all new vehicles being imported here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15745/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Road Safety)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1289 and 1291 together.
My Department is fully committed to promoting safety on Irish roads and is constantly working to improve standards.  I would be glad to facilitate discussions with representatives from the motor industry in order to advance that aim.
A number of legislative policies governing vehicle safety standards are already in effect.  The current Regulations (EC) No 661/2009 of the Europe...

1290. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which he plans to address concerns over the high level of no-shows at driver tests; the way in which he will encourage learner drivers to complete their training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15746/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Driver Test)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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1291. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will promote policies to ensure that key advanced driver assistance systems (details supplied) become standard features of all vehicles being driven on roads here to move towards an Irish vision zero road deaths and injuries target; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15747/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Road Safety)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1289 and 1291 together.
My Department is fully committed to promoting safety on Irish roads and is constantly working to improve standards.  I would be glad to facilitate discussions with representatives from the motor industry in order to advance that aim.
A number of legislative policies governing vehicle safety standards are already in effect.  The current Regulations (EC) No 661/2009 of the Europe...

1294. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of the 9,449 drivers disqualified in court in 2017 that surrendered their licence to the RSA’s NDLS. (Question 15793/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Driver Licensing Service)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority, I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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1300. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the identification documents required when applying for a driver licence or learner permit in view of the recent different reports from the Road Safety Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15924/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Driver Licence Applications)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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514. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost of the National Transport Authority in each of the years 2014 to 2017; the key functions of this body; the way in which the carrying out of these functions are invigilated by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13600/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - National Transport Authority Administration)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority, NTA, was established under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 and its functions are set out under the Act.  The Annual Report and Financial Statements of the NTA are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas each year. The last such report was for 2016. Exchequer funding is allocated to the NTA through my Department’s Vote towards its administration costs.  Funding for the years 2014-2017 inclus...

515. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has been in contact with Dublin City Council on continuing traffic gridlock, especially at thoroughfares and bridges crossing the River Liffey; his views on whether this traffic management function is being adequately carried out by the council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13601/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Traffic Management)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 515 and 516 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority, NTA, has statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure in the greater Dublin area, GDA, including traffic management. As the Deputy is aware, the NTA’s transport strategy for the gr...

516. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has been in contact with Dublin City Council on ensuring the smooth maintenance of cross-city traffic in central Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13602/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Traffic Management)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 515 and 516 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority, NTA, has statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure in the greater Dublin area, GDA, including traffic management. As the Deputy is aware, the NTA’s transport strategy for the gr...

517. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 195 of 28 February 2018, the details of the additional fields in the electronic traffic incident record; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13612/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Road Safety Authority Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As I stated in my response to you in Parliamentary Question No. 195 of 28 February 2018, the subject matter raised is one for the Road Safety Authority and I referred the question to the RSA for direct reply to you.  I am aware that the RSA have since replied to you with information on that question. 
I note your follow-up question, based on the RSA’s response to you regarding Parliamentary Question No. 195, in which you are seeking ...

260. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the national vehicle and driver file database will be updated to differentiate between full licences and learner permits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13439/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - National Vehicle and Driver File)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Vehicle and Driver File database already differentiates between full licences and learner permits. There were 246,148 learner permits and 2,620,014 full licences current as of 31st December 2017.
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839. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount invested in the Ireland’s Ancient East initiative to date in terms of overall online and offline marketing and promotion by specific project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12151/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Tourism Project Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): My Department’s role in relation to tourism lies in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects, such as Ireland’s Ancient East. These are operational matters for the Board and Management of Fáilte Ireland.
I have accordingly referred the Deputy’s question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply to the Deputy.  Please conta...

877. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he met his EU counterparts formally in the past six months to discuss transport related issues post-Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12889/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I have held a number of meetings with my EU and UK counterparts and the European Commissioner for Transport in relation to Brexit and the border since early 2017. These meetings were very useful in promoting an understanding of transport Brexit-related implications for Ireland, including the impacts of Brexit on the border areas and the details are summarised in the table.
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195. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the Road Safety Authority Strategy 2013 to 2020, page 24 (details supplied); the way in which data collection has been improved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10313/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Road Safety Authority Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): This is a matter for the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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590. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has examined alternative roadside drug tests such as a device (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10071/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Drug and Alcohol Testing)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 590 and 591 together.
The statutory responsibility for testing and approval of devices to be used in preliminary drugs tests under the Road Traffic Acts rests with the Medical Bureau of Road Safety.  I have therefore referred these Questions to the Bureau for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.
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591. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there will be a review of the effectiveness and efficiency of a device (details supplied) from April 2018 when it will have been one year in operation; if future reviews are planned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10072/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Drug and Alcohol Testing)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 590 and 591 together.
The statutory responsibility for testing and approval of devices to be used in preliminary drugs tests under the Road Traffic Acts rests with the Medical Bureau of Road Safety.  I have therefore referred these Questions to the Bureau for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.
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