Written Answers - Traffic Management

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 723 No. 3

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  197.  Deputy Phil Hogan  Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan   asked the Minister for Transport  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   the steps he is taking to regulate the use by commuter coaches of parking stands in residential and historic areas in Dublin city; his views on whether alternative measures are required to facilitate coach parking particularly from commuter coaches; his further views on whether such coaches should pay for the privilege of parking in the city centre or alternatively if they should be obliged to fund parking slots outside of the town centres in between collection and drop off; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44731/10]

Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Under the Road Traffic Act, 1994 responsibility for parking matters is vested in local authorities in respect of public roads in their charge. Section 36 provides road authorities with extensive bye-law making powers, with discretion afforded to authorities regarding the location and specification of parking places, as well as level of fees and specification of maximum parking periods within their functional area. Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations made under Section 35 of the 1994 Act also contain enabling discretionary powers for local authorities to restrict parking of specified vehicles in specified areas or places within a nationally applying framework. The matters referred to by the Deputy are therefore matters for the local authorities, who have sufficient powers under current legislation and regulations to address them.


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