Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Cormac Devlin
11 February 2016
Fianna Fáil will give commuters a better deal – Devlin
Fianna Fáil candidate for Dún Laoghaire Cllr Cormac Devlin has said that if elected he will seek a better deal for commuters and stop punishing motorists in Dublin’s commuter belt.
“We recognise that many people in urban areas of Dún Laoghaire and south county Dublin have no alternative but to use their cars to get to work.
“Fianna Fáil in government will help motorists by easing traffic through traffic demand management systems. We will introduce tax back for motorists who travel through tolls at off-peak times, saving an average of €200 per year. We estimate this would significantly reduce the number of cars travelling during peak hours, by about 16%. We will earmark motor taxes for road repairs and increase road maintenance funding by €50 million. Roads have been underfunded by this Government by 59% per year, with a large chunk of motor taxes being siphoned off to Irish Water.
“To help people use public transport, we will provide greater funding to Dublin Bus and Irish Rail to increase capacity and ensure all Public Service Obligation routes are protected and well-served. Bus fares will be frozen for three years, as they have risen by 18% since 2012 under this Government. This is well above the rate of inflation and grossly unfair on bus users.
“We will provide targeted fare reductions for Students to encourage them to use bus and rail services. We will provide Dublin Bus with greater funding to introduce easy online ticket payment and to enhance the reliability of real time information. We will also allow rail users to add the cost of Park & Ride to their tax saver – reducing their costs by up to 40%.
“These measures will help to ensure a fair recovery and strong economic growth into the future. The commuter belt has been hard hit by the downturn and Fianna Fáil’s plan will secure commuter’s interests in the economic recovery.”