Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (662)

Seamus Kirk


662. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the current guidelines in relation to haulage licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30527/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I take it that the Deputy is referring to the criteria for obtaining a road transport operator licence.  The four criteria are establishment (i.e. a place of establishment within the State), financial standing, professional competence (i.e. a transport manager with a certificate of professional competence in transport management) and good repute.  There are also additional requirements, such as that the applicant must hold a tax clearance certificate and any vehicle authorised on the licence must meet motor tax, insurance, certificate of roadworthiness and tachograph requirements.

More information on application, licensing, and on the individual criteria is set out in the relevant legislation, i.e. EU Regulation No. 1071/2009, national regulations in the European Union (Occupation of Road Transport Operator) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 697/2011), and on my Department's website www.dttas.ie  under Road Transport Operator Licensing.