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ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 2017 REPORT STAGE.

Deputy Broughan: I support the Minister’s amendment to the 1994 Act. I have been asking the Minister for a long time to address consolidation of road traffic legislation. On its website, the Law Reform Commission appends all the changes that have been made to the Act since 1994, through the Bills passed since then. As that is the case, is it not possible for the Minister to ask the Law Reform Commission to make a full consolidation instead of having the House consider road traffic Bills almost annually? We could have all road traffic Acts in one convenient consolidated Bill, as was done, for example, with the Companies Act 2014 and other legislation.

Deputy Fitzmaurice made the reasonable point that several thousand drivers continue to drive on repeat learner permits. They are, however, entitled to a speedy test. The Minister should address that in the Bill.

DÁIL CONTRIBUTION ON AMDS 2&3 TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 2017

There is a sense of déjà vu in this debate, particularly the very lengthy start made regarding recommittal to Committee Stage, because we thought approximately one year ago that section 39 of the 2016 Act was in order, signed by the President and would be commenced. There is no question but that amendment No. 29, which the Minister has tabled, is a comprehensive attempt to finally address the issue of unaccompanied drivers. It is a couple of years since a former Minister, Deputy Fitzgerald, gave me information on the number of fatal and serious injury collisions involving unaccompanied drivers from 2012 to November 2016. In 2012 there were seven fatal and 22 serious collisions; in 2013, there were four fatal and ten serious collisions; in 2014, there were eight fatal and 32 serious collisions and in 2015, there were 16 fatal and 24 serious collisions.

BROUGHAN WELCOMES ROAD TRAFFIC BILL 2016

In Dáil Éireann yesterday evening and today, Deputy Broughan welcomed the long-awaited Road Traffic Bill 2016 which provides for the testing of drug-driving and closes the loophole which arose when the mutual recognition of disqualified drivers agreement between Ireland the UK lapsed. It also provides for the reduction of speed limits in built-up areas to include 20km zones should the relevant Local Authorities see fit and includes a number of other amendments to the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2015.