Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (154)

Paul McAuliffe

Question:

154. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Transport the requirements regarding PPE for driving instructors when providing driver lessons, in particular face masks and hand sanitisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6994/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

With regard to the wearing of PPE and the making of appropriate safety arrangements, I would like to clarify to the Deputy that driving instructors and driving schools are entirely independent operators and neither the Road Safety Authority nor my Department can dictate how they run their individual businesses. It is up to each driving instructor or driving school to protect themselves, their employees, their families and their customers by adhering to the official Government guidelines on mask wearing and hygiene and, where applicable, guidance from the Labour Employer Economic Forum and the Health and Safety Authority.