Public Transport Data

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Questions (792, 793)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

792. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount collected by Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Luas from persons evading fares in the past two years to date; the number of fines issued by the revenue protection unit in Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Luas in the past two years to date in 2019; the number of fines appealed; the number of successful appeals; the way in which the moneys collected from fines is used by Irish Rail; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30648/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

793. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount collected by Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Luas from persons fined for putting their feet on seats as per the posted notice inside public transport vehicles for the past five years to date; the number of fines issued for the same offence in the past two years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30649/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 792 and 793 together.

The issues raised are operational matters for the transport companies and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the companies for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive responses within ten working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Light Rail Projects

Questions (794)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

794. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the date and cost of each review and feasibility study done on the MetroLink and metro north proposals to date in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30717/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area. In relation to the development of metro or light rail infrastructure it exercises its functions in co-operation with Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

Bus Services

Questions (795)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

795. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the BusConnects project; if land has been purchased in respect of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30718/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including BusConnects.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

Cycling Facilities Provision

Questions (796)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

796. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of kilometres of segregated cycle lanes delivered in each year since 2004, by county in tabular form. [30719/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility to secure or provide cycling infrastructure in relation to cycling facilities and schemes to promote cycling.

Since 2013 each of the five major cities has developed and published cycle network plans and the NTA has worked with relevant local authorities in the development of those plans, which included audits of prior existing infrastructure and since publication provision of funding in relation to new infrastructure.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

Segregated cycle tracks were also funded by my Department as part of the Smarter Travel Areas programme 2012 to 2016 and a detailed ex post evaluation of that programme will be published in the coming weeks.

Separately, segregated infrastructure in the form of greenways, which are segregated from vehicular traffic but typically shared between both modes of active travel, have been funded by my Department, while my Department also funded the Active Travel Towns programme for smaller towns. Data in relation to these programmes will be compiled by my Department and forwarded to the Deputy in line with revised Standing Orders.

The Deputy will also be aware that there are other schemes under which cycling infrastructure has been, or can be, developed which are not within my Department's remit.

Rail Network

Questions (797)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

797. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of funding allocated to the infrastructure manager multi-annual contract in each year since 2002. [30720/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, the IMMAC (Infrastructure Manager Multi-Annual Contract) provides the funding framework for the maintenance and renewal of our railway infrastructure and is a requirement under both EU and Irish legislation.

It is a contractual agreement between the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Iarnród Éireann, in its designated role as Infrastructure Manager of the railway and the first agreement was concluded in 2014.

The IMMAC is funded through two principal sources -

1. a direct Exchequer contribution, which is managed by my Department, and

2. access charges which must be paid by all railway undertakings that make use of the railway infrastructure in accordance with EU and Irish law.

The European Union (Regulation of Railways) Regulations 2015 stipulate that the Commission for Rail Regulation is the independent monitoring body responsible for monitoring the performance of the Infrastructure Manager in relation to its contractual obligations.

IMMAC expenditure levels, including the annual Exchequer contribution, in each year since its commencement in 2014 are provided as follows:

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total IMMAC Expenditure

€191.2m

€205.3m

€213.4m

€254.9m

€247.8m

Exchequer contribution

€140.5m

€144.2m

€134m

€158.8m

€160m

While a new IMMAC is currently being finalised to provide for the next multi-annual period to 2023, I can inform the Deputy that the increases I secured in Budget 2019 mean that the Exchequer contribution will increase this year to approximately €200 million with total expenditure forecast to be approximately €281million.

I can also inform the Deputy that the steady state funding requirement (as measured on an annualised basis) is now met for 2019 and that represents significant, and very welcome, progress in terms of the overall funding of the network.

As part of the finalisation of the new IMMAC 2019 to 2023, a review has been undertaken in relation to the last contractual period (2014 to 2018) and a report is being finalised. The report will provide an overview of all expenditure, outputs and outcomes over the contractual period, and it will be published.

Brexit Preparations

Questions (798)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

798. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the implications for cross-Border workers and students in the event of a no-deal Brexit; the steps taken to mitigate against the impact of this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30737/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

While I do not have responsibility for general employment or education matters, there are however a number of implications for cross-border travel by workers and students, such as motor insurance and the continuity of cross-border bus and rail services.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, proof of insurance will be required for EU-registered vehicles entering the UK and for UK-registered vehicles entering the EU.

In the case of Irish registered vehicles travelling to Northern Ireland or Great Britain, the UK has indicated that these will require either a Green Card or other documentary proof of insurance cover for UK, including Northern Ireland. In the other direction, UK registered vehicles travelling to Ireland will require a Green Card as proof of insurance. Engagement with the insurance industry and the European Commission is continuing to identify any further actions in advance of 31 October 2019. Approximately 1 million Green Cards were issued by the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland to insurance firms and brokers in preparation for a no-deal Brexit on 29 March 2019.

In relation to cross border bus services a number of contingency measures are at play for the continuity of cross-border bus services in the event of a no-deal Brexit both at EU and National level to ensure continuity for scheduled bus services to and from the UK to 31 December 2019 and preparations are in hand for UK participation in international bus agreements that will then enable continued cross-border services.

On cross border rail, Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways are working together to ensure the Enterprise service will continue to run in a no-deal Brexit.

Living Wage

Questions (799)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

799. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of implementing a living wage of €12.30 for all employees directly employed and-or in agencies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30778/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Based on current staffing figures and pay levels, the additional annual salary cost to the Department of Transport , Tourism and Sport, of implementing a living wage of €12.30 per hour is estimated to be of the order of €200,000. As the Deputy is aware, the living wage of €12.30 per hour is not a statutory entitlement. Policy in relation to the determination of salary rates for all public servants, including staff in the State agencies under the aegis of the Department, is a matter for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

The Deputy’s question has been referred to the non-commercial agencies under its remit for direct reply in respect of the notional costs for each agency of implementing a living wage of €12.30 per hour.

Public Transport Provision

Questions (800)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

800. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 214 of 12 June 2019, when exactly route 167 will be extended. [30779/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport and I am not involved in its day-to-day operations.

The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Bus Éireann and I have again forwarded your question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

Departmental Data

Questions (801)

Denis Naughten

Question:

801. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the different income streams directly paid by persons to his Department or agencies under his remit, such as motor tax; the number of persons making annual payments; the value of same; the number of payments made through staged or incremental payments; the value of same; the additional income generated as a result of payments being made on an incremental basis; if incremental payments are not available, the reason for same; the corresponding figures for 1999 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30861/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The information requested by the Deputy is currently being collated by my officials and a reply will be forwarded to the Deputy within 10 working days.

I have referred the question to the agencies for direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

Project Ireland 2040 Implementation

Questions (802, 803, 805)

Jack Chambers

Question:

802. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital projects which have been delayed under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of his Department and agencies in tabular form; when these projects will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30887/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

803. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital projects which have commenced under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of his Department and agencies in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30926/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

805. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if expenditure estimates for capital projects under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of his Department and agencies match projected cost requirements in tabular from; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30972/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 802, 803 and 805 together.

As the Deputy is aware, Project Ireland 2040 provides indicative allocations over the next ten years for a range of transport related projects and programmes.

As noted in Project Ireland 2040 individual projects and programmes remain subject to compliance with the Public Spending Code, including its requirements in relation to appraisal and Sanctioning Authority approval points.

Details regarding indicative allocations, current status and expected completion dates where applicable are on the Project Ireland 2040 Tracker that is published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and available at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/6db7c4-investment-projects-and-programmes-tracker/

Sports Capital Programme Administration

Question No. 805 answered with Question No. 802.

Questions (804)

Robert Troy

Question:

804. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the timeframe for the awarding of capital project grants under the 2019 sports capital programme. [30956/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on Friday 19th October last. By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding.

186 of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents. These applications were assessed first and approximately €7m in allocations to 170 projects were announced on the 17th January.

619 equipment only applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced in May.

Work is now underway in assessing the remaining applications for capital works.

For the first time applicants who submitted incorrect documentation under this round are being given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will be no undue delay in completing the assessment process, in view of the opportunity to correct documentation, the record number of applications received and the detailed information contained in each application, it is likely to take a number of months to have all applications assessed. Accordingly, I expect that it may be the third quarter of this year before the full set of allocations under this current round of the programme are announced.

As soon as allocations have been made, my Department will carry out a review of all aspects of the 2018 round of the programme to include any possible improvements for the future. This review will include consideration of the timing and scale of the next round but I fully expect that the SCP will again be open for new applications before the end of this year

Question No. 805 answered with Question No. 802.

Road Projects Status

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Questions (806)

Michael McGrath

Question:

806. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the planned M20 motorway between Cork and Limerick; the stage of the project; the next steps and associated timelines; when he envisages the project moving to planning, detailed design, tender and construction; when the motorway will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30982/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Once funding arrangements have been put in place by my Department with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for TII, in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. TII also manage and distribute the capital national roads programme budget.

Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ministerial Advisers Remuneration

Questions (807)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

807. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the contract arrangements for his new press adviser; if the person is on the principal officer pay scale; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31028/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I have appointed a temporary Advisor due to the absence of my Press Advisor for an extended period.

My temporary Press Advisor will be remunerated at the first point of the Principal Officer standard scale, in accordance with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s 'Instruction to Personnel Officers – Ministerial Appointments for the 32nd Dáil' which provides guidelines for the appointment of Special Advisors.

The formal process associated with the appointment is currently underway.

Capital Expenditure Programme

Questions (808, 809)

Barry Cowen

Question:

808. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of capital projects being undertaken by his Department; the final agreed tender price; the estimated cost of each capital project in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31082/19]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

809. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital projects completed since 2010; the final agreed tender price for each project; the actual cost of each project; if the actual cost exceeded the tender price; the reason therefor in each case in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31098/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 808 and 809 together.

Project Ireland 2040 provides indicative allocations over the next ten years for a range of public transport related projects and programmes.

As noted in Project Ireland 2040 individual projects and programmes remain subject to compliance with the Public Spending Code, including its requirements in relation to appraisal and Sanctioning Authority approval points.

Details regarding indicative allocations, current status and expected completion dates where applicable are published on the Project Ireland 2040 Tracker as published by the Department for Public Expenditure and Reform and available at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/6db7c4-investment-projects-and-programmes-tracker/

Air Services Provision

Questions (810)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

810. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the decision to issue a permit to an airline (details supplied) to operate a service between Dublin and Madrid; his views on whether this new service could give rise to a potential unfair commercial advantage; and his further views on whether this route was already well serviced with 39 existing services weekly. [31171/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Ireland - Ethiopia Bilateral Air Services Agreement, signed in 2014, allows for the granting of fifth freedom air traffic rights for airlines of both countries, on a reciprocal basis and subject to the approval of the relevant aeronautical authorities.

Ethiopian Airlines applied to both the Spanish and Irish Aeronautical Authorities in 2018 for approval of their Addis Ababa - Madrid - Dublin (return) route. Following confirmation of approval by the Spanish Aeronautical Authorities and having consulted with Irish air carriers, my Department authorised the route as it conformed to the rights provided under the Air Services Agreement.

Ireland traditionally has a liberal aviation policy and remains positively disposed towards the development of competitive air services. In that context, my Department will continue to consider applications for fifth freedom air traffic rights under bilateral air services agreements, on a case-by-case basis.

Airlines Regulations

Questions (811)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

811. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of permits issued to airlines outside the State under the fifth freedom over the past five years. [31172/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Over the past five years my Department has authorised a number of non-EU airlines to operate fifth freedom passenger flights. These include:

- Addis Ababa - Dublin - Los Angeles with return (now ceased);

- Beijing - Edinburgh - Dublin with return; and

- Addis Abba - Madrid - Dublin with return.

Authorisation has also been granted for fifth freedom cargo flights, these include:

- Istanbul - Shannon - Chicago;

- Istanbul - Shannon - New York; and

- Istanbul - Shannon - Atlanta.

The European Single Aviation Market rules provide that EU airlines operating fifth freedom flights within Europe do not require authorisation from my Department.

Ireland traditionally has a liberal aviation policy and remains positively disposed towards the development of competitive air services. In that context, my Department will continue to consider applications for fifth freedom air traffic rights under bilateral air services agreements, on a case-by-case basis.

Rail Services Provision

Questions (812)

Robert Troy

Question:

812. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if consideration will be given to introducing a late night train service on the Sligo rail line to Mullingar and Longford. [31179/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport.

The issue raised is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

Driver Licences

Questions (813)

Robert Troy

Question:

813. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the extension of the right to apply for a driver licence to persons in direct provision centres. [31180/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

This matter is still under consideration in consultation with my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality.

Insurance Costs

Questions (814)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

814. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the actions for which his Department has some or all responsibility under the cost of insurance working group. [31181/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Significant progress has been made on the various complex actions for which my Department has responsibility as regards motor insurance and road safety under the Cost of Insurance Working Group.

Recommendation 10 is broken down into two Actions 20 and 21 and it has been completed. These actions were in relation to the Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles entering regular discussions with Insurance Ireland to explore solutions for drivers in that sector.

Recommendation 28 is broken into Actions 62 and 63 and relate to establishing for the first time a fully functioning database, which would allow uninsured drivers to be identified. This also requires insurance companies to provide the driver licence number. While this may be done by request, it will be comprehensive only if there is a clear legal requirement to do so, as well as legally sound.

The key reasons why Phase 2 of the Motor Third Party Liability insurance database, as outlined in the Cost of Insurance Working Group Report in January 2017, will now be delivered towards until the end of 2020 are as following:

The scope of the information to be covered has now been significantly expanded to cover details on all Private, Commercial and Fleet motor vehicle information - all within this timeframe;

Delivering the capability to capture and validate driver number details, without significantly burdening private individuals, will require

(I) an initial industry-wide start date for the collection of data for new policies and

(II) an extended period to allow for driver number details to be collected as existing drivers renew their policies over time.

Before insurance companies can start requiring customers to supply both their driver number details and those of their named drivers on the policy, further amendments to the Road Traffic Acts will need to be in place. While current proposals to enhance the regulation and enforcement of speed limits to improve both road safety and traffic management are the immediate priority, work is continuing on these further amendments in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.

Mechanisms will have to be developed and agreed between all insurers and DTTAS Shannon for them to gain access to the National Vehicle and Drive File to validate driver numbers within the wider framework governing access to and protection of data.

Insurance Ireland and all the insurance companies operating in Ireland, working together with DTTAS, An Garda Síochána, and the MIBI, through the MTPL Insurance Database Project Board, have now structured the delivery of Phase 2 of the MTPL project into four sub-phases, namely:

Delivery of all information currently covered by section 78(a) of the Road Traffic Act (2016) for both private and commercial vehicles, by end 2018.

Delivery of driver number capture and validation capability, by end of 2019.

Delivery of motor fleet information, by 2020.

Delivery of all driver numbers for all drivers (following the completion of the required renewal cycles), by 2021.

Recommendation 29 of the Cost of Insurance Working Group is to develop a protocol to provide that industry use the driver licence number to check driver details on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF). Delivery of the capability to capture and validate driver number details will require both an initial industry-wide start date for the collection of data for new policies and an extended period to allow for driver number details to be collected on renewals. Before insurance companies can start requiring customers to supply both their driver number details and those of their named drivers on the policy, amendments to the Road Traffic Acts will need to be in place. Mechanisms will have to be developed and agreed between the DTTAS and all insurers in order for them to gain access to the NVDF to validate driver numbers.

Recommendation 30 has Action 66 to expedite the development of the Master Licence Record.

The Master Licence Record (MLR) is an internal Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) system which associates driver and vehicle records on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF). The first phase of the project went live in October 2017. This phase established the MLR and populated the system by matching details of vehicle owners against details of driving licence holders stored in the NVDF. Approximately 18% of active private vehicle owner records were successfully matched in this phase. An updated version of the MLR is provided to An Garda Síochána on a weekly basis.

The next phase of the MLR project will go live later this summer. With this latest release, the MLR now includes over 30% of active private vehicle owner records.

Future phases of the MLR are planned but will require further changes to primary and secondary legislation.

Recommendation 32 is broken down into Actions 69 and 70 and relates to requiring the insurance industry to promote compliance with road safety legislation. My Department, the Road Safety Authority and the insurance industry are in discussion regarding optimum social media and messaging to be used by the industry to target learner and novice drivers.

Bus Éireann Services

Questions (815)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

815. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of instances in which a privately hired bus was used to deliver a Bus Éireann service in each of the past four years in tabular form. [31182/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The issue raised is a matter for Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

Parking Regulations

Questions (816)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

816. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider extending disabled parking permits to persons with conditions such as autism as has been done in the United Kingdom. [31183/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Disabled Parking Permit (also known as the European Parking Card or Disabled Parking Badge) is available to people living in Ireland whose mobility is severely restricted, whether they are drivers or passengers, and also to those who are registered blind. In 2010 the Department conducted a review of the Disabled Parking Scheme, in consultation with various stakeholders and one of the issues examined was eligibility for the scheme. As a result of the review the scheme was revised so that permits are now given on the basis of mobility impairment rather than the diagnosis of a particular condition or illness. This is in line with the original intention of the scheme.

The possibility of extending the eligibility criteria for the scheme to include people with invisible disabilities such as autism has been raised on a number of occasions and the Department has consulted extensively with the joint issuing authorities of the scheme, the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) and the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWC), on this matter. In light of this consultation there are currently no plans to change the criteria.

My Department is aware of the recent changes made to the disabled parking scheme in the United Kingdom. I would particularly emphasise to the Deputy however that issuing a large number of extra permits by extending the eligibility criteria would in fact put the existing scheme under significant additional pressure and compromise the availability of disabled parking spaces in general.

Taxi Regulations

Questions (817)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

817. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on recent reporting that the NTA is preventing the introduction of a new ride-sharing rural taxi scheme that would be operated through an online platform. [31184/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and statutory frameworks in relation to public transport. The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry - which encompasses taxis, hackneys and limousines - is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.

Therefore, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days

Departmental Circulars

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A

Questions (818, 819)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

818. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the detail of each circular issued by his Department across all policy areas within its remit within the past ten years; the steps taken to monitor the implementation of the circulars; and the outcomes identified through this process. [31186/19]

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Marc MacSharry

Question:

819. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the findings of surveys of compliance his Department has conducted with circulars within the remit of same. [31187/19]

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The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 818 and 819, Ref. 31186/19 and 31187/19. The following table contains a list of circulars issued directly from the Department’s Roads Division for the past ten years, from 2010 to date in 2019.

NUMBER

TITLE

DETAILS

RW1/2018

2018 Regional & Local Road Grant Allocations

Details of RLR Grant allocations

RW2/2018

Regional & Local Roads Outputs

Details of requirements for RLR Grant allocations, Form A & B

RW3/2018

Road Pavement Managemetn of Regional & Local Roads

Updates & requirements regarding surveying and data gathering on MapRoad

RW4/2018

Community Involvement Schemes

Details of CIS

RW5/2018

Sligo IT Training Grant courses

Details of funding and approved courses

RW6/2018

Management & Appraisal of Regional & Local Road Strategic and Specific Road Improvement Programmes

Details and documents regarding appraisal process, in line with Common Appraisal Framework (CAF)

RW7/2018

Community Involvement Schemes

Details of allocations under the CIS

RW8/2018

2019-2021 Multi-Annual Restoration Improvement Programme

Request to Las to prepare and submit prioritised RI programme for 2019-2021

RW9/2018

2019-2021 Multi-Annual Road Strenthening Programme

Request to Las to prepare and submit prioritised Road Strenthening programme for 2019-2021

RW10/2018

Bridge Works under the Bridge Rehabilitation Programme Proposals for Funding in 2019

Invite for applications for funding for Bridge Works under the Bridge Rehabilitation Programme Proposals for Funding in 2019

RW11/2018

Safety Improvement Works on Regional & Local Roads 2019

Invite for applications for funding of low cost safety improvements works on RLR for 2019

RW12/2018

Regional & Local Roads Outputs 2018

Details of requirements for RLR Grant allocations, Form A & B

RW13/2018

2019 Speed Limit In Housing Estates Funding

Request for updates and requirements plus details on Speed Limit Guidelines

RW14/2018

Memorandum on Grants for Regional & Local Roads

Details of revisions on Memorandum on Grants for Regional & Local Roads and notice of briefing sessions in 2019

RW15/2018

End of Year Payments 2018

Details of remaining dates for payment of RLR grant claims

RW16/2018

Road Schedule & Network Management (Road/ Cycleway/ Cycletrack Length & Population)

Request for updates on natinal, reginoal and local roads as well as cycleways (greenways) and cycle tracks

These Circulars cover a range of areas related to regional and local roads including the allocation of funding under the regional and local road grant programme, road pavement management, road classification and technical standards. Where applicable, the Department liaises on an on-going basis with local authorities and other stakeholders in relation to compliance with requirements specified in the Department’s Circulars.
The Motor Tax Policy function transferred from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with effect from 1 January 2018. All Circulars prior to 2018 were issued from that Department. The following table lists the Circulars relating to Motor Tax.

Circular

Subject matter

Monitoring implemention

Outcomes

Motor Tax Circular 1/2009

Notification of award of trade plate contract for 2009 and 2010.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 1/2010

Notification that HSE vehicles are covered by the State Claims Agency for insurance purposes.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 2/2010

Security of motor tax stock.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 3/2010

Clarification on classification of electric vehicles for motor tax purposes.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 4/2010

Clarification on requirements for taxing of a vehicle as goods.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 5/2010

Notification of award of trade plate contract for 2011 and 2012.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 1/2011

Reminder of requirement to lodge receipts to the Local Government Fund on a daily basis.

Daily monitoring of bank account.

Issues addressed with motor tax offices as they arise.

Motor Tax Circular 2/2011

Reminder of requirement to order trade plates for 2012.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 3/2011

Notification of revised rates of motor tax and trade plate fees from 1 January 2012.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 1/2012

Preparation for annual audit of motor tax offices by the Local Government Audit Service.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 2/2012

Circular setting out procedures for dealing with vehicle conversions.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 3/2012

Notification of enactment of Motor Vehicle (Duties and Licences) Act 2012.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 4/2012

Change to procedure for taxation of small public service vehicles.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 5/2012

Notification of award of trade plate contract for 2013 and 2014.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 6/2012

Notification of revised rate of arrears of motor tax.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 7/2012

Notification of revised rates of motor tax and trade plate fees from 1 January 2013.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 1/2013

Circular on trade plate numbering system.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 2/2013

Notification of enactment of Motor Vehicle (Duties and Licences) Act 2013.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 3/2013

Notification of enactment of Non-Use of Motor Vehicle Act 2013.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 4/2013

Circular setting out revised procedures for declaring a vehicle off the road.

Motor Tax Circular 5/2013

Reminder of details of trade plate contract for 2013 and 2014.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 6/2013

Circular setting out procedures for dealing with vintage vehicles not recorded on the National Vehicle and Driver File.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 7/2013

Revised procedures for dealing with vehicles held by motor dealers following changes introduced by the Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act 2013.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 8/2013

Reminder of procedures for dealing with converted vehicles.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 9/2013

Notification of revised rate of arrears of motor tax.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 10/2013

Procedures for record searches for vehicles not recorded on the National Vehicle and Driver File.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 11/2013

Circular on processing applications for declarations of non-use of a vehicle.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 12/2013

Circular setting out arrangements for tractors required to be registered with the Revenue Commissioners.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 1/2014

Procedures for taxing of goods vehicles.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 1/2015

Procedures for vehicles with a change of engine.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 2/2015

Notification of extension of time period for declaring vehicles off the road following registration or change of ownership.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 3/2015

Notification of changes to motor tax rates for articulated vehicles.

N/A - Information Circular.

N/A

Motor Tax Circular 1/2016

Changes to procedures for dealing with converted vehicles.

See Note 2 below

Motor Tax Circular 1/2018

Notification of change of Motor Tax bank account.

Account monitored to ensure all motor tax offices were lodging to new account.

Change completed.

Motor Tax Circular 1/2019

Notification on fees for data requested under the General Data Protection Regulation.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Circular 2/2019

Payment of refunds for stolen vehicles where vehicle ownership has been transferred to an insurer.

See Note 2 below.

Motor Tax Offices are audited on an annual basis by the Local Government Audit Service. Monitoring of financial and security arrangements and policy matters take place in that context. Reports of the audits are notified both to local management and to the Department, to be acted on where appropriate.