Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (22, 23)

Neale Richmond

Question:

22. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Transport if he has engaged with Bus Éireann following its decision to end discounted travel rates for passengers with epilepsy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7467/21]

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Neale Richmond

Question:

23. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Transport the reason for the decision by Bus Éireann to end discounted travel rates for passengers with epilepsy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7468/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 22 and 23 together.

As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the regulation of fares in relation to public passenger transport services. I have not engaged with either the NTA or Bus Éireann in relation to this matter.

I have, therefore, referred the Deputy's questions to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.