Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy TD has called on Minister Shane Ross to set out his agenda for improving road safety on Irish roads. Deputy Troy made the comments during the European wide Project EDWARD road safety campaign.
Deputy Troy said, “Unfortunately road safety simply fell off the agenda of the previous Fine Gael Government. The number of Gardai attached to the Traffic Corps fell dramatically, key vacancies on the board of the Road Safety Authority remained unfilled and promised legislation to improve road safety has yet to be enacted.
“This failure to prioritise road safety has coincided with an increase in the number of deaths on Irish roads. Minister Ross has acknowledged that more work is needed to improve road safety, but he has failed to spell out his policy agenda to achieve this. The Government has watered down key road safety measures contained in the Road Traffic Bill 2016.
“Minister Ross has indicated that a new Bill will be brought forward to enhance road safety. However we are still waiting for the Minister to outline what will be contained in this Bill and when it will be introduced into the Dáil. Minister Ross must set out when he intends to bring this new Bill before the Dáil.
“We also need certainty that efforts are being made to increase the number of Gardai assigned to the Traffic Corps so that the force is adequately equipped to promote greater road safety. Furthermore, the key vacancies on the board of the RSA should be filled without undue delay.”