Cullen, Martin

Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 615 No. 112

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Written Answers - Departmental Advertising.

Was asked: the value of advertising placed in national newspapers in 2005; the newspapers and the amount received for each of the past five years; and if the placing of official notices and departmental advertis...More Button

The amount of money spent by my Department on advertising, which includes public information notices and official notices in national newspapers each year since June 2002 when this Department was esta...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: when he will establish a road accident investigation unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The primary immediate investigative role in relation to road accidents is vested in the Garda Síochána. Priority in such an investigation must be given to the determination of the causes of road accid...More Button

Was asked: the road safety campaigns currently specifically targeted at people whose first language is not English; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Safety Council is the agency mandated with responsibility for road safety advertising and education. The council is currently in the process of developing road safety leaflets in eight la...More Button

Written Answers - Money Laundering.

Was asked: the measures which are in place to ensure that taxi dispatch companies are legally compliant and could not be used for money laundering purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is understood from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform that the main provisions in Irish law relating to Money Laundering are set out in section 31 of the Criminal Justice Act 1994 —...More Button

Written Answers - Driver Testing.

Was asked: the number of people who applied to become a contract driver tester in 2005; the number of those who reached the qualifying standard required; the number of those who are being called to the next stag...More Button

The competition in question is being managed by the Public Appointments Service and I am not in a position to provide details of the competition process. Driver testers have not yet been appointed as ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Accidents.

Was asked: the percentage of road deaths which have occurred in the hours between midnight and 7 a.m. to date in 2006; the breakdown of the times and locations of all deaths on roads here to date in 2006; and if...More Button

Statistics relating to road accidents, based on information provided by the Garda Síochána, are published by the National Roads Authority in its annual road accident facts reports. The most recent rep...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the reason the public can no longer access the dedicated penalty point website; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Safety Council, as the agency mandated with responsibility for road safety education and information, operates a dedicated penalty point website. I understand that the website is currentl...More Button

Written Answers - Airport Development Projects.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 454 of 15 June 2004, the names and addresses of all the landowners affected by the protected areas in question in Counties Dublin and Mayo together with the names...More Button

The protected areas the Deputy refers to, and mentioned in the earlier question in 2004, were put in place by orders made under section 14 of the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1950. The orders in q...More Button

Written Answers - Regional Airports.

Was asked: the number of aircraft movements and passenger numbers at each of the regional airports in 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The passenger numbers and the number of aircraft movements at the regional airports in 2005, based on figures supplied by the regional airports, are as follows:More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of people employed by his Department as haulage inspectors each year from 2000 to date in 2006; their duties and functions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The number of transport officers serving in the Department during the years in question is set out in the following table. Transport officers are responsible for the enforcement of national and EU rul...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: if the CIE group has been instructed to ensure that timetables of its constituent companies are integrated to allow ease of transfer between bus and rail services; the steps which have been taken to e...More Button

The scheduling of timetables is a day-to-day operational matter for the CIE companies and, in the case of Luas, the RPA. CIE and its subsidiary companies and the RPA, in line with their statutory mand...More Button

Written Answers - Haulage Industry.

Was asked: the number of heavy goods vehicles registered for use here; the amount of heavy goods vehicles inspected in 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the frequency of roadworthiness testing for LGVs and HGVs; the key components of such testing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 322 and 325 together. All goods vehicles are liable to roadworthiness testing when they are one year old and every year thereafter. Testing is carried out by authorise...More Button

Was asked: the number of haulage vehicles which are before the licensing division within the Department of Transport awaiting the processing of their applications; if a backlog exists; the length of time each ap...More Button

The current number of licence applications on hand in the road transport operator licensing division of the Department of Transport is 92. Once an application is submitted with the necessary supportin...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the number of haulage drivers prosecuted for breaking road safety and road haulage regulations in 2004 and 2005; the breakdown of such offences; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Transport officers from the Department of Transport are responsible for enforcing drivers’ hours and licensing rules governing road haulage operators. These rules are also enforced by the Garda. Both ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: if, in the process of considering an application from Dublin Bus to expand its fleet and in examining the prospects of increasing competition in this sector, he has considered the implications of dela...More Button

On 20 January 2006 Dublin Bus submitted an application for funding to me for additional fleet requirements. I will make a decision on this application when the assessment of the application by my Depa...More Button

Written Answers - Airport Development Projects.

Was asked: the arbitrator appointed to mediate between Cork and Dublin Airport Authorities on the projected €200 million debt arising from the construction of a new terminal at Cork Airport; the person who appoi...More Button

Was asked: the consultants appointed to carry out a business plan for Cork, Shannon and Dublin airports; the terms of reference of their respective appointments; the cost per hour being charged by each of the co...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 327 and 328 together. The appointments referred to by the Deputy are operational matters for the Dublin Airport Authority plc, DAA, Cork Airport Authority plc, CAA, an...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the reason for the ongoing delay in introducing penalty points for driving with a hand-held mobile phone; when it is planned to bring in this much needed change; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: if studies have been carried out here or internationally into the dangers of driving using hand-held mobile phones.More Button

Was asked: the international examples which have been studied in terms of legislation banning hand-held mobile phone use in cars.More Button

Was asked: the percentage of minor and serious road accidents respectively which have been linked with the use of hand-held mobile phones over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 329 to 332, inclusive, together. The Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2002 prohibit the use of a hand-held mo...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if he will clarify what is meant by an obstruction in his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 436 of 14 February 2006; if it includes a vehicle that is travelling at a slow speed; and if he will make ...More Button

The term “obstruction” in the phrase “except where it is necessary to proceed in that lane due to an obstruction or because another lane or lanes is or are for the time being closed to traffic” that I...More Button

Written Answers - Dublin Port Tunnel.

Was asked: the reason for tens of thousands of litres of water continuing to leak unabated into the Dublin Port tunnel each day for the past eight weeks and more, and the tunnel engineers and Dublin City Council...More Button

The planning, design and implementation of national road improvement projects, including the Dublin Port tunnel, is a matter for the National Roads Authority, NRA, and the local authorities concerned,...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the reason for the long delay in publishing the cross-departmental review of road safety expenditure; when he first received the report; and when he intends publishing it.More Button

My Department chaired a steering group overseeing a cross-departmental review of road safety expenditure which examined expenditure incurred over the lifetime of the first road safety strategy, 1998-2...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of people on the payroll of his Department who are not working in his Department for one reason or another; if the results will be categorised with as much detail as possible.More Button

There are 16 civil servants on my Department’s payroll who are not currently working in the Department. The following table gives details. In all but one case the reason these staff are not working in...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the level of investment in bus transport under the national development plan; his plans to enable Dublin Bus to purchase buses in 2006 to add to its fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Under the NDP-Transport 21, Dublin Bus has purchased 530 new buses to date, of which 113 are additional and 417 are replacement buses. Some 268 of these buses were funded, partially and/or fully, by t...More Button

Was asked: his plans for investment in public transport on the north side of Dublin; the areas of the city which can be expected to benefit from metro north and metro west; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Under Transport 21, a number of projects are proposed with significant investment, which will benefit the north side of Dublin. New metro and Luas services will provide fast, efficient and modern tran...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: if the difficulties surrounding the roadworthiness of tractors and trailers on hire to local authorities for earthwork activities on small road jobs has been resolved; the method by which same is to b...More Button

Was asked: the decision he has arrived at following a circular letter issued in 2005 to local authorities to the effect that tractors and trailers were not eligible to be taken on contract for roadworks by local...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 339 and 340 together. To use a vehicle in a public place, it must comply with a range of standards in respect of its construction, equipment, use, weight and dimension...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the number of people who have moved directly with their job in respect of assignments made within his Department to decentralised posts; the number who are new personnel recruited within the past 24 m...More Button

As indicated in my answer to Question No. 462, answered on Tuesday, 21 February 2006, this process is in train and formal assignments will be made shortly. The general situation is as set out in my re...More Button

Written Answers - Traffic Management.

Was asked: the number of supersize trucks currently travelling through the city; the impact of allowing such trucks to continue travelling through the city; if there may be difficulties in imposing a ban in view...More Button

EU law on maximum weights and dimensions for vehicles is set out in Directive 96/53/EC. Under that directive, which has been fully implemented by Ireland, a member state may not prohibit the use, in i...More Button


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