To ask the Minister for Transport his plans to introduce legislation to allow local authorities introduce a formal penalty system to ensure that footpaths, carriageways and other public areas are reinstated adequately by utility companies and their contractors.
- Róisín Shortall.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 20th February, 2007.
Ref No: 6093/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport Martin Cullen T.D.
Legislation regarding road openings is contained in a number of enactments including, most recently, the Communications Regulation Act, 2002 which provides the statutory framework for the control of road openings by telecommunications operators. That Act is the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
My officials and those of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources will keep under review the adequacy of the existing legislative framework.