Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Questions (162)

Carol Nolan

Question:

162. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Transport the status of the Programme for Government commitment to develop a ten-year strategy for the road haulage sector; if he has received the submission by an organisation (details supplied) on the strategy; his assessment of the submission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45101/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The 10-year Haulage Strategy is an important Programme for Government commitment, reflecting the importance the haulage sector plays in ensuring the State's supply lines, both nationally and internationally, operate effectively. The Programme for Government indicates that the Strategy will focus on improving efficiencies, standards, and helping the sector move to a low-carbon future.

A public consultation document was published in April 2021 seeking stakeholders’ views and I hosted an online workshop for all stakeholders in June. Over 40 submissions have been received in response to the public consultation. The organisation the Deputy refers to did make a comprehensive submission outlining its views on all the major issues facing the sector.

The intention is to publish a draft Strategy over the coming months for further public consultation before it is finalised. Account will have to be taken of other important Government policies due for adoption shortly, such as the new Road Safety Strategy and the new Climate Action Plan.