Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 15 February, 2005

Written Answers - Vehicle Height Restrictions.

  135. Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport if a decision on the maximum height limit for vehicles will be made; the number of submissions his Department has received in this regard; the reason a maximum height restriction must be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4798/05]

  Mr. Callely: The question of whether to impose a specific maximum height standard for vehicles is being considered by my Department at present. In December 2004 I initiated a wide consultation process on the matter with the publication of a discussion document and an invitation to interested parties to make submissions. As outlined in the discussion document, a range of factors of national importance such as business competitiveness, rail safety, environmental and quality of life issues, protection of existing infrastructure, and the need for certainty in planning for future infrastructure investment, will influence the decision.

By the closing date of 28 January, 41 responses to the discussion document had been received in my Department. I will now carefully consider these responses and all the factors mentioned before I make a decision in this matter.