Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (315)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

391 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Transport if he will provide funds to the National Safety Council to make drivers aware of the danger of overtaking and cutting in on HGVs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3926/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport)

The National Safety Council has been mandated with responsibility for promotional and educational initiatives relating to road safety and has been allocated €2.886 million by my Department for 2004 for this purpose. In addition to Exchequer funding, the Irish Insurance Federation contributes to the National Safety Council's budget and funding is also received by the council from other sources, such as local authorities and sponsorship.

The form and focus of the promotional campaigns mounted by the council is a matter for its determination. Recent promotions have included the presentation of filmlets that highlighted safe driving practice in the key areas of roundabouts, motorways and overtaking manoeuvres.