Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Ceisteanna (179)

Gino Kenny

Ceist:

179. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport if there are plans to extend the use of CO2 monitors to intercity trains and provincial buses; his views on whether transporting persons over long distances for many hours has implications for CO2 levels and that passengers have no way of verifying the CO2 levels in enclosed spaces, some of which are essentially sealed units; his further views on the fact that as society opens up passenger capacity will increase at a time when virus variants are transmitting at a higher rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39374/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operation of public transport.

The continued operation of public transport services has been a priority throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Public transport operators have been advised of, and are following, public health instructions issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in relation to COVID-19.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is working closely with all transport operators to ensure that public transport services continue to operate in a safe manner during the crisis.  I have therefore forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.

Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.