Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Ceisteanna (186, 187)

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

186. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if regulations on road noise have been made under section 77 of the Roads Act 1993; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37844/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

187. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has considered making regulations under section 77 of the Roads Act 1993 to control noise pollution created by traffic on the M50 motorway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37845/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 and 187 together.

I would like to advise the Deputy that Section 77 of the Roads Act 1993 was repealed by Section 42(1) Schedule 1 Pt. 2 Item 4 of the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009.

However,  Directive 2002/49/EC on the assessment and management of environmental noise was transposed into Irish law by the Environmental Noise Regulations, 2006. This legislation requires Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and local authorities to undertake strategic noise mapping every five years for all major roads carrying in excess of 8,250 annual average daily traffic (AADT).  Noise maps identify and prioritise cluster areas which will require further assessment and may require mitigation measures to be put in place.  Once strategic noise maps have been produced, the results are used for each local authority to develop Noise Action Plans as required by the Environmental Noise Regulations.

I trust this information is of assistance to you.