Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (463, 464)

Martin Kenny

Ceist:

463. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when passengers will be allowed to use their travel card on the LocalLink bus in view of the fact that the lack of free travel is affecting persons with disabilities and older persons, especially in rural areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46008/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Martin Kenny

Ceist:

464. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason the LocalLink service has changed its procedure in relation to charging passengers that attend day care services; the reason it did not provide passengers with adequate notice of the changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46009/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 463 and 464 together.

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 transport services nationally. It also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme, which now operates under the 'Local Link' brand.

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

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A