To ask the Minister for Transport if it is intended to make provision along the motorways for heavy goods vehicles to park to facilitate rest periods for drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Seamus Kirk.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 28th March, 2006.
Ref No: 12067/06
Answered by the Minister for Transport Martin Cullen
Under Section 54 of the Roads Act 1993, the National Roads Authority (NRA) has responsibility for the provision of service and rest areas along motorways.
At my request the NRA carried out a review of its policy on the placement of service and rest areas on the major interurban routes. The Authority completed this review in January 2006 and has published a policy statement on its website (www.nra.ie). The statement envisages the provision of service and rest areas at regular intervals along both motorways and dual carriageways. These service and rest areas will contain facilities of benefit to both the Road Haulage sector and the private motorist.