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Minister Ross must prioritise closing of loopholes to improve road safety - Imelda Munster TD

30 July, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Imelda Munster TD has called on the Minister for Transport to prioritise the process of the consolidation of Road Traffic Legislation and has sought assurances that the work will be carried out speedily, and within the Department of Transport.

Deputy Munster said:

“The problems with securing convictions under the existing body of legislation are well-versed. The Minister is adding to the raft of legislation without addressing the underlying problems.

“Sinn Féin is happy to support any measures that improves road safety. However, without a comprehensive process to consolidate the legislation and removing anomalies and loopholes, the legislation is not doing its intended job.

“Back in January I asked the Minister for Transport what plans he had to undertake this work. His response was vague; however, he did indicate that he would be in favour of outsourcing the work.

“Given the fact that this work will take several years and must be continued on a rolling basis due to the almost annual introduction of new laws, I think it would be prudent to ensure that this work is carried out by the Department.

“Last year it was reported that the conviction rate for drink-driving is very low, at 58%, and we know that only 20% of those convictions resulted in drivers’ licences being recorded in court.

“Minister Ross claims that he is in favour of improving safety on our roads. If that is the case he must prioritise this work, and ensure that his Department is sufficiently resourced in order to carry it out.”

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