Written Answers. - Parking Regulations.

Proinsias De Rossa

Ceist:

89 Proinsias De Rossa asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if article 38 of the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997, can be amended to enable the designation of areas where heavy goods vehicles may be parked and to provide for prohibition in all other areas. [15388/98]

Article 38 of the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997, empowers road authorities to prohibit the parking of large vehicles in specified areas, following an approach applied to selective parking restrictions and prohibitions generally. The article provides that where a no parking sign, accompanied by an information plate containing the symbol of a large vehicle and indicating a specified unladen weight, is in place, a vehicle which exceeds that unladen weight can not be parked; this prohibition continues until a traffic sign is encountered indicating that the prohibition has ended.

It is not yet possible to assess the effectiveness of particular provisions of the new regulations, which came into operation on 1 October 1997. My Department has had some submissions from road authorities on this question and will have regard to these in the overall review of the operation of the relevant provisions.