Written Answers. - Responsibility for Traffic Wardens.

Eoin Ryan

Ceist:

493 Mr. E. Ryan asked the Minister for Justice if responsibility for traffic wardens will be transferred from her Department to the Department of the Environment in accordance with the DTI report; if so, the envisaged date of such a transfer; the implications, if any, for staff at the point of transfer; if she will confirm that no loss of conditions will arise as a consequence of this transfer; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16504/96]

As the Deputy is aware the Government decided as part of the implementation by the Minister for the Environment of the Dublin Transportation Initiative, that a director of traffic should be appointed to take over responsibility from the Garda authorities for the administration of the traffic warden and tow-away services, for the fines-on-the-spot system, the introduction of wheel-clamping, and for overall operational traffic management in Dublin City.

Consultations are on-going between my Department, the Department of the Environment and Dublin Corporation in regard to the transfer of the traffic warden service and the fines-on-the-spot office to Dublin Corporation. A date has not yet been fixed for the transfer.

I understand that consultants appointed by the Minister for the Environment are currently undertaking a study to define the organisational structures required to ensure that the director of traffic can fully and efficiently discharge his/her functions and that the new unit within Dublin Corporation will have optimum operational capacity, functional independence, and self-financing capability.
Preliminary discussions have been held with the unions in relation to the proposed transfer and further meetings will be held prior to the transfer.