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Written Answers - Smarter Travel

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 540.  Deputy Martin Heydon Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  if he will consider incorporating the Smarter Transport Bill 2011 into upcoming legislation. [23810/12]

 541.  Deputy Martin Heydon Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  if he will consider allowing road authorities to make by-laws for the provision and use of charging bays on public roads for electrically powered vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles; and if he will consider authorising a road authority to make by-laws for the control and regulation of parking by car club vehicles on public roads. [23811/12]

 545.  Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  if will consider incorporating the Smarter Transport Bill 2011 into upcoming legislation. [23862/12]

 546.  Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  if he will consider allowing road authorities to make by-laws for the provision and use of charging bays on public roads for electrically powered vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles; and if he will consider authorising a road authority to make by-laws for the control and regulation of parking by car club vehicles on public roads. [23863/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I propose to take Questions Nos. 540, 541, 545 and 546 together.

I am keen to encourage the use of electric cars and car clubs as part of my Department’s Sustainable Transport agenda, and changes to legislation to allow road authorities to make bye-laws would indeed be a help in this regard. Last October Deputy Eoghan Murphy proposed a Private Member’s Bill, the Smarter Transport Bill 2011 to allow for local authorities to make bye-laws for the provision and use of charging bays on public roads for electrically powered and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and for the control and regulation of parking by car club vehicles on public roads. At my request, officials of my Department met with him to discuss this Bill.

I support the substance of the proposals which Deputy Murphy has made. If the Smarter Transport Bill 2011 does not receive time for debate in the Oireachtas in the coming months, I will seek to incorporate the measures proposed within in it within forthcoming from my Department.


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