Thursday, 29 March 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
262. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will meet with a bus transport business in County Meath that is suffering due to a number of issues such as falling demand, fuel costs, lack of rebates, inability to claim back VAT and also competing with individuals who are in full time employment and are tendering for CIE contracts; and if he will address these issues. [17507/12]
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The responsibility for the licensing of Public Bus Passenger Services was transferred under Statutory Instrument No. 566 of 2010 from my Department to the National Transport Authority (NTA) with effect from 1 December 2010.
In the circumstance, I have forwarded your correspondence to the NTA for its attention and direct reply, and to arrange a meeting if it deems necessary. He should inform my private office if he does not receive a reply within ten working days.
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