Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (1084, 1085)

James Browne

Ceist:

1084. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding road hauliers being fined in Germany when a truck licensed in a different EU member state carries a trailer licensed here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13245/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

James Browne

Ceist:

1085. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding Germany refusing to accept a green card for trailers issued by local authorities here as a valid document; his views on Germany rejecting the validity of these handwritten documents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13246/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1084 and 1085 together.

My Department was in liaison with the German Federal Transport Ministry on this matter last year and a notice was published in the official German transport bulletin. This notice stated that on foot of information provided by my Department, Irish licensed trailers are permitted unrestricted temporary use of the German road network.

In November 2018 my Department sent a copy of the notice in German, together with a translation in English, to the Irish Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association Ireland. The Department has also brought this notice to the attention of some individual haulage companies.

Hauliers using Irish licensed trailers in Germany are advised to retain a copy of this notice to bring it to the attention of the German authorities as required, in order to minimise misunderstandings.

Should further problems of this kind be brought to the attention of my Department, it will contact the German authorities again as necessary.