Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD is calling on the Joint Committee on Transport & Communications to carry out a review of road safety hazards in light of rising road deaths. Last year saw 196 people killed on our roads, 6 more than in 2013.
Deputy Dooley commented, “The increase in deaths on our roads is worrying and attempts must be made to ensure that all organisations, who have a role to play in ensuring best practice in road safety issues, are maintaining acceptable standards.
“Concern has been expressed in recent months about the condition of verges and roadsides on some routes. All land owners must maintain their road frontage verge to ensure that it doesn’t cause a hazard to road users and local authorities are in regular contact with owners to make sure that all of the regulations are adhered to. However some problems have arisen in areas where the land backing on to the road is owned by Coillte.
“Coillte owns a significant amount of land the length and breadth of the county, and therefore has responsibility for vast amounts of road frontage. It’s been brought to my attention that the organisation is not carrying out the necessary maintenance work, and could be creating an unnecessary road safety hazard.
“I have written to the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transport & Communications asking him to invite Coillte management a meeting to discuss what measures they’re taking to ensure that it is carrying out the necessary maintenance and repair work on land which has borders on main roads. We need to engage with all stakeholders who have a role to play in road safety to ensure that deaths on our roads are reduced”.