Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (758)

Jerry Buttimer


758. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether in the interests of safety of road users, it is necessary to implement new regulations governing the use of horses and sulkies on public roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8220/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

While the Gardaí have recently been successful in bringing prosecutions for the racing of sulkies on public roads, I believe that the law in this an area requires further examination.

 Under current Road Traffic legislation, I have the power, as Minister, to make general regulations for the control of traffic, including the parking of vehicles in public places. I have asked my Department, in consultation with the Gardaí, to review the current legislation governing the use of animals on public roads, to determine if tighter controls are necessary.