Written Answers. - Road Traffic Regulations.

John Cregan


352 Mr. Cregan asked the Minister for Transport the regulations in relation to parking outside an entrance; if exemptions are provided; if total exemptions apply to fire brigade vehicles and ambulances; if exemptions or exceptions apply to non-emergency type vehicles collecting people for school and day care centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10813/03]

The Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations 1997 and 1998, provide for the prohibition on parking in any place, position or manner, that will result in the vehicle obstructing an entrance or an exit for vehicles to or from a premises, save with the consent of the occupier of such premises. Enforcement of the regulations is a matter for the Garda Síochána and local authority traffic wardens.

The regulations also provide for the exemption from that prohibition for the driver of a fire brigade vehicle or an ambulance or to the use by a member of the Garda Síochána of a vehicle in the performance of the duties of that member, where such use does not thereby endanger the safety of road users.

The regulations do not provide for an exemption from this prohibition to people collecting children from schools or day care centres. In addition, the regulations provide for the application of a specific prohibition on the parking or stopping of a vehicle at a school entrance.