Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Eamon Ryan

Question:

257 Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport if his Department is revising the rules of the road; if so, the persons who have been consulted regarding the proposed changes; and the timetable for the introduction. [2954/03]

The current text of the Rules of the Road dates from 1995. I am conscious of the fact that the booklet needs to be revised to reflect changes made in road traffic laws over the past seven years. A limited review was instigated in 1999, however as this was not completed in advance of the passage of the Road Traffic Act 2002, a more comprehensive review is now required.

The review will encompass the advances being progressed under that Act and will also include the results of a separate review of speed limits that I announced recently. It is my intention that the proposed review will include a broadly based consultative process and that a new booklet will be made available as soon as possible after that process is completed.