Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (723)

Tom Fleming

Question:

723. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce a pilot scheme for electrical or hybrid transport system for the State transport companies here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32160/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) on 1st December 2009, the implementation and development of infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), comes under the remit of the NTA.

Among the general objectives of the Authority in accordance with Section 10 of the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 is the development of an integrated transport system which contributes to environmental sustainability and social cohesion, and promotes economic progress. In this context the Authority also provides funding  for the procurment of Public Services Obligation (PSO) vehicles by  Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. In the light of the NTA's responsibility in this area I have referred the Deputy's question to the Authority for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.