Dáil Éireann - Volume 632 - 01 March, 2007

Written Answers. - Parking Regulations.

Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Transport the Statutory Instrument references for all amendments to S.I. No. 182 of 1997. [8193/07]

  Mr. Cullen: The statutory references to amendments made to S.I. No 182 of 1997 (Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations 1997 are:

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 — S.I. No 274 of 1998

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 — S.I. No. 441 of 1998

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 — S.I. No. 98 of 2003

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 — S.I No. 404 of 2004

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 — S.I. No. 11 of 2005

Road Traffic (Control of Traffic) Regulations 2006 — S.I. No. 638 of 2006

Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Transport the specific legislation, including section and subsection from which local authorities derive the authority to introduce residential disc parking. [8194/07]

[1718]   Mr. Cullen: The inclusion of a provision in pay parking by-laws by a road authority to grant residents’ parking permits is discretionary. The enabling provision that a road authority can use is Section 36 (1) of the Road Traffic Act 1994.

In addition to the general power provided in subsection (1), it is a matter for each road authority to determine whether or not to provide in such by-laws for any of the matters that are set out under subsection (2) (a) to (i) or in subsection (4).

Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Transport if he will provide a copy or the website link of the Ministerial guidelines in operation, as provided by Section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1994, for the disposal of fees accrued by local authorities from parking regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8195/07]

  Mr. Cullen: Section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1994 confers power on a road authority to determine, by resolution of the elected members of the council concerned, the manner in which any fees, accruing from the road authority’s paid parking bye-law schemes, be disposed of.

Section 36 also confers a discretionary power on the Minister for Transport to issue general guidelines to road authorities in relation to the disposal of such fees. This discretionary statutory power has not been exercised to date.