Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Questions (304)

John Curran

Question:

304. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress of outcomes of trials of low emission buses being conducted by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28350/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The operational phase of the low-emission bus trials has now concluded and the findings are currently being assessed. I expect that summary findings will be made available by my Department in the coming weeks and will be happy to advise the Deputy of same.

More generally, my Department is also reviewing public transport policy to ensure that services are sustainable into the future and are meeting the needs of a modern economy. One strand of the work under this review is considering the range of low- and zero-emission fuels and technologies which are currently commercially available for the urban bus market, and I expect that this analysis will also further inform Ireland’s medium and longer term technology procurement decisions for the public bus fleets, alongside the findings of the vehicle trials.