Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (584)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

584. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status on an issue previously raised with him directly in correspondence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12188/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

There is nothing set out in Road Traffic law that specifically requires motorists to clear the way for emergency vehicles. Section 51A of the Road Traffic Act 1961, however, clearly states that there is a duty of care on all road users to use public roads with care and consideration for others. This principle is carried through into Section 12 of the Rules of the Road which lays out what to do when approached by an emergency vehicle.

As stated in the Rules of the Road, Gardaí, fire fighters and ambulances save lives in the course of their work and every second counts when they are responding to an emergency. Motorists are required to familiarise themselves with the Rules of the Road and respond to emergency situations accordingly.

There are no plans to introduce further legislation in this area.