Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy says cyclists are becoming increasingly frustrated with Minister Ross over his failure to progress new measures to improve safety.
Minister Ross pledged to introduce minimum passing distances four months ago but to date he has failed to bring forward the statutory instrument to give effect to this commitment.
Deputy Troy said, “Earlier this year Fianna Fáil received cross-party support for our proposed amendment to the road traffic Bill which would introduce minimum pass distances for drivers over-taking cyclists. The morning it would due to be debated Minister Ross said he would introduce a Statutory Instrument to bring the proposal into effect. Minister Ross made the comments after ignoring the Bill published by Ministers Doherty and Cannon for in excess of 12 months.
“Minister Ross acknowledged he is a late covert to cycling but he must clearly demonstrate his conversion. There is no excuse for his delay in bringing minimum passing distances into effect. It’s four months since he made his commitment, but we are still waiting for him to act.
“There have been far too many tragic deaths on our roads recently. Cyclists are particularly vulnerable road users and the number of cyclist deaths on Ireland’s roads has steadily increased in the past two years. Approximately 950,000 people cycle in Dublin alone each day. I fear that the number of accidents will continue to climb unless the Government brings forward new measures, such as minimum passing distances.
“I’m calling on Minister Ross to make a clear statement setting out when he will introduce minimum passing distances.”