To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many road haulage companies registered in Northern Ireland are operating here contrary to the cabotage rules governed by Regulation (EC) 1072/2009 as of 14 May 2010 (details supplied); if he will increase monitoring of this practice through An Garda Síochána; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that road haulage companies operating within the rules are at a severe disadvantage; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Declan Breathnach

The Deputy will be aware that I have no direct role in the enforcement of Road Traffic legislation, which is an operational matter for the Garda Commissioner.

I am advised that the enforcement of cabotage legislation is a matter for An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority.  I am informed by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport that the enforcement authorities are aware of the issue and have procedures in place to ensure that International haulage operators are checked to verify that they are compliant with cabotage regulations.  However, to be of assistance, I have brought your concerns to the attention of both enforcement agencies.

I would urge anyone who has information on out of state haulage companies operating contrary to cabotage rules to make that information available to An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority to assist them in enforcing cabotage rules.