Written Answers - Public Transport.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 699 No. 1

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  523.  Deputy Fergus O’Dowd  Information on Fergus O'Dowd  Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd   asked the Minister for Transport  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   the number of private bus operators licensed annually since 2000; the number of daily services provided by each; the number providing services to Dublin; the number providing rural services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2023/10]

Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  The number of private operators that held a passenger license during each year or any part of the year since 2000 is given in the table below:

Year Number of operators
2000 194
2001 194
2002 193
2003 199
2004 199
2005 197
2006 211
2007 206
2008 221
2009 239

The types of licenses held are annual, seasonal and occasional passenger licenses. As occasional licenses apply for limited periods, the number of licensed operators can alter dramatically depending on the day for which the data is provided. Accordingly, the number of licensed operators as of 18th January 2010 is 208 who hold a total of 616 road passenger licenses.

Currently there are 37 private operators providing services to Dublin and within Dublin of which 8 operators solely provide services within Dublin. Therefore the number of operators providing services outside Dublin as of 18th January is 200 — that includes holders of licences in respect of urban and rural areas other than Dublin City and County.

My Department does not have data readily available in relation to the number of daily services being provided by each of those operators. In many instances services do not operate on a daily basis (i.e. tours) or they relate to occasional services that only operate for limited periods.


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