Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Ceisteanna (246)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

246. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Transport if there are any changes for trailers (details supplied); if there are regulations being introduced for trailers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12913/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Deputy may be aware that I recently signed into law the European Union (Road Vehicles: Type-Approval and Market Surveillance) Regulations (S.I. No. 556 of 2020). These Regulations set out the requirements for new types of trailers and extensions for existing types of trailers.

Trailer types that have been approved under the previous European Union (Road Vehicles: Type-Approval: Entry into Service) Regulations (S.I. 157 of 2009) remain unaffected. There is no specific change for trailers over 10 ft in length and the existing masses and dimensions requirements for such trailers have not changed.

The Deputy may wish to note for his information that an amendment to the Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 5 of 2003) is included in my Department's legislative programme for 2021. These Regulations give further effect in Irish law to Regulation (EU) 2019/1242 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019, amending Council Directive 96/53/EC of 25 July 1996, laying down for certain road vehicles circulating within the EU the maximum authorised dimensions and weights in national and international traffic. In particular, these Regulations increase the maximum permitted weights and dimensions of relevant types of vehicle in specified circumstances (including vehicle combinations which are towing trailers), in order to facilitate the use of zero-emission vehicles. No further regulations in relation to trailers are anticipated at this time.