Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1633)

John Curran

Question:

1633. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the necessary legislation required to implement and enforce a new variable speed limit regime and the ability to deploy lane closures on the M50 will be brought forward; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36562/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The legislative proposals to which the Deputy refers are will be contained in the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.

A General Scheme of the Bill, including the proposal for variable speed limits, was approved by Government for formal drafting last December, subject to two proposals within the Scheme being examined further in Cabinet Committee. These two proposals - for graduated speeding penalties and the carrying of driving licences - have now been examined in detail at official level and will be considered by Cabinet Committee shortly.

Once this process is completed, I hope to see work on drafting the Bill for publication completed, and to publish the Bill before the end of the year.