Thursday, 19 November 2015

Questions (258)

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

258. Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the recent report by the Road Safety Authority on the regulation of vintage cars; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40924/15]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Given the competing road safety priorities which my Department has had to deal with, my officials could only turn their attention to the RSA's review of the arrangements in relation to the roadworthiness testing of vintage vehicles in the latter part of this year. The RSA's review has now been examined by my officials and recommendations have been submitted to me for my consideration. I intend to come to a decision on this issue in the coming weeks. 

I appreciate the value of the vintage and veteran vehicle movement and have reiterated on a number of occasions that none of the recommendations contained in the RSA's review would involve those who currently enjoy an exemption from compulsory testing, that is, those owners of cars and motor caravans first registered prior to 1st January 1980 and used for social and domestic purposes, being brought within the compulsory roadworthiness testing regime.