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Written Answers. - Traffic Regulations.

Thursday, 17 October 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 555 No. 4

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 132. Mr. Allen Information on Bernard Allen Zoom on Bernard Allen  asked the Minister for Transport Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan  if he will adjust by-laws to allow motorbike users access to bus lanes which would bring Ireland in line with other European countries where bus lanes are open to more environmentally friendly and efficient modes of transport such as motorcycles. [18684/02]

Minister for Transport (Mr. Brennan): Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan The use of bus lanes in this country is provided for in the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997, the primary purpose of which is to facilitate and promote bus based public transport. These regulations generally limit the use of bus lanes to buses and, in the case of with-flow bus lanes, to cyclists. Having regard to the role of taxis in providing on-street immediate hire services, an exemption to that limitation is allowed in respect of taxis when they are being used in the course of business. The Minister for the Environment and Local Government previously held responsibility in this area and following representations from hackney, limousine and motorcycle interests on the issue of bus lane access, a review of the regulations was undertaken last year by his Department in consultation with An Garda Síochána, the Dublin Transportation Office and Dublin City Council.

An overriding concern is the carrying capacity of bus lanes and the potential that their primary role to provide bus priority could be undermined if other vehicles are allowed access. Having regard to these circumstances, and having considered the various views expressed on this issue, it was decided on completion of the review that there should be no change in the existing bus lane access provisions.

I understand that the position in relation to access to bus lanes in the United Kingdom generally reflects the position here and have no proposals at present to amend the existing provisions.

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