Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (577)

Seán Fleming


577. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the legislative provisions in respect of his Department that have been passed by the Oireachtas since 2011 but which have not come into effect to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24157/14]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Since March 2011, the following legislative provisions in respect of my Department have been passed by the Oireachtas but have not yet come into effect. On 20 March last, I signed an Order commencing sections 9 and 14 to 26 of the Road Traffic Act 2014 with immediate effect.  Under the same order, sections 3 to 5, 7 and 8 are commenced from 1 August 2014. It is my intention to commence the remaining section 6 and sections 10 to 13 as soon as practicable.  My Department is engaging with the bodies which will have responsibility for implementation - An Garda Síochána, the Road Safety Authority and the Medical Bureau of Road Safety - with a view to ensuring that the necessary measures are in place to implement the remaining sections.  I will commence them once this is the case.  

The Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) Act, 2012, sections 36, 43, 44 (a)-(b) and 45, relating to enforcement, have not yet been commenced. My Department is engaging with the agencies responsible with a view to the implementation of these remaining sections in the near future.  

Statutory Instrument No. 163 of 2014 completed the commencement of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013 in April this year with the exception of section 49. Section 49 of the Act, relating to making of a fixed payment following service of a summons in order to pre-empt a court hearing, will be commenced in tandem with similar provisions for road traffic offences.