24. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of money collected from road tolls to date in 2012; the amount of this money taken in by the State; if he will provide a breakdown based on the road the tolls were collected from and the companies operating them. (Question 57245/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Road Tolls)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly) (Deputy Alan Kelly): This Question is about outlining the income from road tolling.
 The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, has responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The implementation of individual national road schemes, including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects which provide for tolling, are matters for the National Roads Authority (NRA)...

259. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare could be considered for an exemption from M50 tolls due to medical reasons without adaptations to their car or an exemption from motor tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55815/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Road Tolls)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The implementation of individual national road schemes, including toll roads, is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA). In particular, the statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into toll agreements with private investors in respect of...

658. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the State is paying significant sums annually to some of the companies that built roads and tunnels under public/private partnerships because traffic numbers did not reach the targets set in the contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51017/12 asked on 20 Nov 2012 - Road Toll Operators)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The implementation of individual national road schemes, including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2007.  In addition, the statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll bye-laws and to ent...

679. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the proposed introduction in the United Kingdom of the Eurovignette system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49515/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Road Tolls)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I take it the Deputy is referring to the proposals by the United Kingdom Minister for Transport to introduce charges for road use.  I am aware of this, and in particular of the HGV Road User Levy Bill.  It is a matter for any State to introduce road use charges if it wishes, and this is an important option in relation to funding of roads infrastructure, which can benefit both national and international users of the roads in questio...

708. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 216 of 26 September 2012, if he will provide a full response (Question 45894/12 asked on 23 Oct 2012 - Road Tolls)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I refer the Deputy to my response to his earlier Question in which it was explained that the statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into toll agreements with private investors in respect of national roads is vested in the National Roads Authority under Part V of the Roads Act, 1993, as amended. The issues raised by the Deputy are, accordingly, matters that are most properly dealt with by...

216. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if he will provide breakdown of the total enforcement costs comprising; the base enforcement costs and any additional enforcement costs; and any associated or ancillary costs of enforcement, for the M50 Toll road since it went barrier free in August 2008; if any consideration has been given to providing a more reasonable, convenient and consumer friendly method of payment of these toll road charges for occasional users, other than the existing method which is time consuming and seems to be unduly restrictive, which would assist the general public to avoid the late payment charges, fines and penalties (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40899/12 asked on 26 Sep 2012 - Road Tolls)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  
In addition, the statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll by...