I propose to take Questions Nos. 423 and 454 to 457, inclusive, together.
Legislation in the area of road haulage and general traffic matters is a matter for the Department of Public Enterprise and the Department of the Environment and Local Government. Enforcement is a matter for the Garda and transport officers employed by the Department of Public Enterprise.
The Department of Public Enterprise is responsible for the enforcement of road haulage licensing and tachograph legislation as it applies to heavy goods vehicles. In relation to the issue of the adequacy and effectiveness of the existing arrangements for the inspection of road haulage vehicles, a number of measures are included in the programme of action for the road haulage industry. This programme was published by my colleague, the Minister of State at the Department of Public Enterprise, Deputy Jacob, in February of this year.
Under the programme, I understand that arrangements are being made to increase the number of enforcement officers and support staff in the road haulage division of the Department of Public Enterprise by 50%. I also understand that the level of enforcement checks by the Department of Public Enterprise officers has been stepped up significantly and a targeted blitz of certain areas and industries is under way.
In relation to Garda action in relation to illegal haulage work, I am informed by the Garda authorities that gardaí are active in enforcing the relevant legislation. Operation Overload is a special Garda enforcement operation conducted as part of the Garda national road safety initiative, 2001.