Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (86)

Catherine Martin

Question:

86. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to promote car sharing to reduce demand for car ownership; and if projections are available for the extent of such ownership models. [29509/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department recognises the role car-pooling or car-sharing can play in reducing the number of cars on our roads. The various transport strategies detail the measures to be taken across all modes of transport.

For example, the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 to 2035 is the statutory framework for the development of public and sustainable transport in the Greater Dublin Area out to 2035. The Strategy states that the National Transport Authority will support the implementation and expansion of car club schemes, car-pooling and car sharing. The NTA supports the development of car-pooling through the Smarter Travel programme, which is funded by my Department. The Deputy may be aware that there are currently two car-sharing operators already providing services in Ireland.

Noting the NTA's responsibility for implementation of the Transport Strategy , I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.