Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Questions (1372)

John Curran


1372. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times the ministerial committee on road safety has met; the persons that attended these meetings; the outcome and decisions of these meetings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20293/17]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Ministerial Committee on Road Safety has held meetings twice yearly since 2013 up to end 2016. I have increased the frequency of these meetings to at least quarterly, with the Committee having already met twice in Quarter One 2017,  bringing the total number of meetings to 10 since the current Road Safety Strategy was launched in early 2013.

While persons on the Committee can vary, I always attend as does the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Attorney General, and almost invariably the CEO of the Road Safety Authority, the Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, the CEO of the Health and Safety Authority, the Director of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) and senior representatives from my Department, the Department of Justice and Equality, other relevant Departments, An Garda Síochána, the City and County Managers Association, and other relevant organisations.

The main purpose and outcome of the meetings is to examine road fatality/serious injuries trends, to review implementation of the Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020, and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss and put forward orientations, in addition to giving feedback to other stakeholders on relevant road safety issues and assisting in refining road safety policies and programmes.

I should mention that last November I attended a mid-term review meeting regarding the Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020.  I am currently awaiting a report from the Road Safety Authority regarding the outcome of this review, and I expect that will be discussed at the next meeting of the Committee in the coming weeks.