Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (253)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

253. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of the regulation on sulky racing. [5238/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The use of sulkys on the public roads is governed by the Road Traffic Acts which impose an obligation on persons engaged in any activity on the public roads, including the driving of sulkys, to drive their vehicles with due care for other road users and not to indulge in dangerous driving of the vehicles.

In addition to the Road Traffic Acts, local authorities also have powers under the Control of Horses Act, 1996 to introduce bye-laws regulating activities involving horses in their respective functional areas.

All persons employing animals for any purpose , including sulky drivers, must also comply with the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013 which prohibits a person from carrying out any activity in a manner that causes unnecessary pain and suffering or endangerment to the health or welfare of an animal in their control.