Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Ceisteanna (474)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

474. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason Local Link service 977 was not openly tendered and was directly awarded to an operator that having acquired vehicles with dormant account funding would have an unfair competitive advantage over licensed road passenger transport operators. [52130/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. It also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) which now operates under the Local Link brand.

In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.