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Written Answers. - Vehicular Spray Dampers.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 120. Mr. D. Ahern Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern  asked the Minister for the Environment Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  the plans, if any, he has to examine the possibility of insisting that all heavy vehicles and articulated trucks use spray dampers on their vehicles in order to minimise the spray from their vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9250/96]

[148]Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin The Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations require that, subject to certain exemptions, every vehicle and every trailer attached to a vehicle be equipped with wings or other similar devices to catch, so far as practicable, mud or water thrown up by the rotation of the wheels or, in the case of a trailer, of the rear wheels, unless adequate protection is afforded by the body of the vehicle. I have no proposals at present to amend these regulations; their enforcement is a matter for the Garda.

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