Cullen, Martin

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 619 No. 20

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Written Answers - Driving Tests.

Was asked: when notifications of a driving test will be given for a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no record in my Department of an application for a driving test having been received from the person concerned.More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: his proposals on introducing mandatory testing for alcohol or drugs at the scene of a road traffic accident; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Road Traffic Acts provide that a member of the Garda Síochána may require a person in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle to provide a preliminary breath specimen where the vehicle is invol...More Button

Written Answers - Air Safety Standards.

Was asked: the information he has received regarding the recent passage of Irish aircraft into the no fly exclusion zone surrounding the Sellafield plant and the consequent interception by Royal Air Force planes...More Button

It is not possible for me to answer the Deputy’s question based on the information supplied. For the matter to be investigated further more details would be required, for example the date of the fligh...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if the system introduced on 3 April 2006 by the Garda which resulted in all offences being dealt with under the fixed charge processing system includes provision for offences under by-laws introduced ...More Button

I made a number of regulations on 28 March 2006 to extend the fixed charge system which is provided in the Road Traffic Act 2002 from 3 April 2006 to a wide range of offences. Firstly, this new fixed ...More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Regulations.

Was asked: the procedures which are in place to ensure that taxi drivers do not abuse the taxi licensing system; if his attention has been drawn to the number of taxi drivers convicted of abuses of the licensing...More Button

The licensing of small public service vehicles, taxis, hackneys and limousines, and the drivers of such vehicles, is currently governed by the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations 1963 t...More Button

Written Answers - Driver Education.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the driver education programme, driver for life programme, which is currently being piloted in County Carlow; his views on this programme; his further views on wheth...More Button

There are various voluntary driver education programmes in operation around the country and I welcome the introduction of such programmes. However, while these programmes may be commendable, the opera...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: his plans to meet the increasing demand for public transport on the route between Tallaght, Walkinstown and the city centre; if he proposes to increase the number of buses servicing this route at peak...More Button

The provision of services on a particular route is a matter for Dublin Bus itself having regard to the demand for such services and compliance with the requirements of the Transport Act 1958 and the ...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Services.

Was asked: if the Irish Rail facility at North Esk will be included in the re-signalling works to be completed by the company in preparation of its re-opening of the Midleton rail line; and if he will make a sta...More Button

I am informed by Iarnród Éireann that the development of the Cork-Midleton Commuter Service does not require re-signalling at North Esk.More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the number of those cars which were legally insured and entitled to be driven on roads here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department does not collate this information. However, information provided to my officials by the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) who are notified of accidents involving vehicles registere...More Button

Written Answers - State Airports.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of the Great Southern Hotel group employees regarding possible redundancies and diminution of employment conditions following the privatisation of the c...More Button

Earlier this year the Government was informed that the board of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) had decided to sell the Great Southern Hotels Group (GSH), a wholly owned subsidiary of the DAA. Deci...More Button

Written Answers - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the number of driving tests that were cancelled by applicants for which no alternative applicant could be found in time for a test to be carried out in each of the years this century; the number of te...More Button

In 2005 approximately 14% of tests scheduled were lost due to very late cancellations or indeed where no notice at all was given and the candidate simply failed to show up for the appointment. The pos...More Button

Was asked: the number of driving test applications received in each of the years 2004 and 2005 and to the end of April 2006.More Button

The information requested is set out in the table supplied.More Button

Was asked: the number of extra driving tests being carried out as a result of the overtime package for driver testers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The bonus overtime scheme for driver testers commenced on 6 February 2006. Under this scheme almost 14,000 driving tests will be scheduled outside normal hours up to 10 June 2006. This will represent ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the progress to date on the application for passenger licences under the Road Transport Act, 1932 by a company (details supplied) in County Waterford.More Button

In accordance with long standing practice, details of applications received in my Department remain confidential until a decision is made. However, I can confirm that the applications referred to in t...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: when he transposed Directive 2003/20/EC into Irish law; the categories of vehicles for which Ireland was granted exemptions from the directive; the reason an exemption was sought in each case; when th...More Button

Directive 2003/20/EC (which amends Directive 91/671/EEC) was transposed into national law by means of the European Communities (Compulsory Use of Safety Belts and Child Restraint Systems in Motor Vehi...More Button

Written Answers - Cycle Facilities.

Was asked: his views on allowing cyclists to travel on that portion of the Luas track between Heuston Station and Connolly Station in view of the dangers faced by cyclists on the quays of Dublin; and if he will...More Button

I do not have any plans to amend the present road traffic regulations as regards cyclists and Luas tracks.More Button

Written Answers - Road Network.

Was asked: the information he has received to date from the National Roads Authority or Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council regarding the potential for the location of an archaeological heritage park at the Ca...More Button

On 16 September 2002, my predecessor at the Department of Transport issued instructions to the NRA to carry out a number of alterations to its plans so as to preserve as much of the original site at C...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the advantages, in terms of road safety, of the registration requirement for imported cars other than the VAT receipts to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has no function in relation to the registration of imported cars. This is a matter for the Revenue Commissioners. The advantage in terms of road safety of the registration of imported ca...More Button

Was asked: the changes that will occur in terms of the investigation and research into the causes of road accidents under the proposed new Road Safety Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will not have any formal involvement in the investigation of road collisions. The direct and immediate investigation of road accidents and their causes will continue to...More Button

Written Answers - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the maximum number of driving tests that is possible to conduct in a 12 month period under the current driving test procedures and with current resources.More Button

The number of standard 50 minute tests that could be scheduled to be conducted in normal time within a 12 month period, based on 115 whole-time equivalent testers, is approximately 195,000 taking into...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the European directives that have to be implemented by his Department; when these directives were first issued; the timeframe for their implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is summarised in the table. It should be noted that in addition to the directives listed, there are a number of technical directives relating to the type approval ...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Services.

Was asked: when it is intended to rationalise the fare structure on the suburban rail system that continues to result in commuters in the outer suburban area’s such as Sallins and Kilcock paying substantially mo...More Button

The structure of rail fares is a matter for Iarnród Éireann. As is common internationally, Iarnród Éireann operates two fare structures — a Dublin commuter area, which encompasses Balbriggan, Maynooth...More Button

Written Answers - Port Development.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the various asset or property transactions entered into by Shannon Foynes Port Company since its establishment, particularly the sale of a warehouse (details supplie...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: further to his public pronouncements, the number of serious road accidents deemed to have been caused by road conditions at recognised accident blackspots; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Overall responsibility for the planning, design and implementation of National Road Projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority and the relevant local Authority — Roads Act 1993. Section 17(...More Button

Written Answers - Public Transport.

Was asked: the extent to which research has been carried out into accessing Dublin Airport by road, rail or otherwise as per Transport 21, in the future in view of the chaotic traffic situation that already exis...More Button

Was asked: the way in which it is intended, in the context of Transport 21 or otherwise, to alleviate traffic congestion in the vicinity of Dublin Airport; his views on whether he should take particular initiati...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 330 and 331 together. Transport 21 will put in place a greatly enhanced network for the Greater Dublin Area, which will significantly improve access to Dublin Airport....More Button

Written Answers - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the average waiting time for a driving test in each of the years this century; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested is set out in the table.More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff.

Was asked: the name and role of advisers, assistants or other staff employed by him since January 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

No staff have been employed by me since January 2005. However, the table shows a list of personal staff that have been employed by me since September 2004.More Button

Written Answers - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the number of driving tests in each of the years this century where the tester was paid overtime or a financial bonus over and above their normal pay; the number of driving tests carried out by tester...More Button

A bonus scheme for driver testers operated between 2000 and 2001. This bonus scheme resulted in about 24,000 driving tests being delivered outside normal hours. A second bonus scheme commenced in 2003...More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network.

Was asked: the state of development of the section of line from Ennis to Claremorris in respect of the western rail corridor; the extent of moneys allocated towards the relaying of this section; when he expects ...More Button

Transport 21 provides for the re-opening of the Western Rail Corridor between Ennis and Claremorris on a phased basis and the preservation of the remaining alignment as far as Collooney. The current p...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the average, median range and lower and upper quartiles of the gross pay of a driving tester in the last year for which figures are available.More Button

Was asked: the amount paid in travel and subsistence to driver testers in the past three years for which figures are available; and the typical proportion this constitutes of the gross pay of the average driver ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 336 and 337 together. The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the tables. 2005 Driving Tester Gross Pay Driving Tester Travel and SubsistenceMore Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if he intends to bring in legislation to deal with the problem of cars not registered here not having the correct tax, insurance or national car test documentation and the fact that the Gardaí are una...More Button

As I previously informed the house in March this year, this issue will be dealt with in the upcoming Road Traffic Bill. The Government approved priority drafting of the Road Traffic Bill 2006 in April...More Button

Written Answers - Light Rail Project.

Was asked: when the Luas line will be extended to Citywest, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Transport 21 provides for a spur from the Tallaght Luas line to the Citywest Campus (Line A1). The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) is at present progressing this project. The inclusion of it in the T...More Button


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