Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (78)

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin


185 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Transport if, in regard to his statement of 20 October, 2003, he will outline his plans to make the sale of end of use cars to minors a criminal offence in view of the number of accidents and deaths caused by these vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2129/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The Road Traffic Act 1968 sets out certain provisions for the control of the supply of vehicles. These provisions prohibit, inter alia, the delivery of a vehicle in such a condition that it does not comply with the requirements of regulations regarding the use of vehicles in a public place or on a public road.

I intend, in conjunction with the Attorney General, to consider the question of introducing controls on the sale of vehicles generally including to persons under the licensing age established under the Road Traffic Acts and to determine if it would be appropriate to use road traffic legislation for the imposition of such controls in the case of persons under 17 years of age.

I am mindful that section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1994 already provides for the detention of vehicles driven by underage drivers. In addition policies and legislative measures in respect of end of use vehicles are being pursued in other areas in that the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has been actively engaged with the Society for the Irish Motor Industry, SIMI, the Irish Motor Vehicle Recyclers Association, IMVRA, the Metal Recyclers Association of Ireland, MRAI, and other concerned parties with a view to developing a producer responsibility initiative to implement the main provisions of European Parliament and Council Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, ELVs.