Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (530)

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

530. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to introduce a public information campaign encouraging motorists not to idle their engines at level crossings due to the additional environmental pollution and carbon emissions this creates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8317/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I am currently developing the first-ever National Clean Air Strategy to provide the framework for a set of cross-Government policies and actions to reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality and public health. The issue of vehicular emissions and their effects on public health will be examined in the context of the strategy, which I intend to publish later this year. While I have no plans to introduce a public awareness campaign specifically around the issue of cars idling at level crossings, an awareness campaign on air quality in general is likely to form part of the strategy.