Written Answers. - Trains Safety.

Phil Hogan

Question:

207 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications if he will introduce new regulations to provide for improved safety conditions on trains; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1127/94]

Under the Transport Acts, safety on the railway is a matter for the boards and management of CIE and Iarnród Éireann, who assure me that it is afforded the highest priority.

Rail safety conditions generally are already governed by an extensive body of rules and regulations, both statutory and non-statutory. Apart from regulations concerning the medical examination of drivers, which I propose to make in the near future to confirm existing practices, I have no immediate proposals to introduce further regulatory requirements in this area.

Safety requirements affecting the railway are monitored by my Department through the exercise of its functions in relation to the investigation of accidents and the inspection and approval of railway works as required by the legislation. My Department maintains a constant liaison with Iarnród Éireann with a view to encouraging all necessary measures aimed at enhancing overall safety standards on the rail network.