Written Answers. - Traffic Regulations.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

155 Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the measures he intends to take to regulate the height of HGVs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2624/03]

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

165 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Transport if he will report on the position regarding height restrictions on HGVs within the EU; and the progress to date on the introduction of restrictions here as promised by him. [2760/03]

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

170 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Transport the legislation he intends to introduce to restrict the height of HGVs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2623/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 155, 165 and 170 together.

As I indicated in my reply on 26 November 2002, arising from diverse concerns, including those on road and rail safety and future access to Dublin Port, my Department is drawing up proposals to reintroduce regulations for the maximum height of vehicles. It is my intention that consultations will take place with all interested parties on the proposals with a view to settling an appropriate maximum height for such vehicles.