To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many road haulage companies registered in Northern Ireland are operating here contrrary to the cabotage rules governed by Regulation (EC) 1072/2009 as of 14 May 2010 (details supplied); if he will increase monitoring of this through the Road Safety Authority; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that road haulage companies operating within the rules are at a severe disadvantage.
– Declan Breathnach.

REPLY

​The enforcement of cabotage legislation is a matter for the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána.  I believe 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.
I would urge anyone who has information on out of state haulage companies operating contrary to cabotage rules to make that information available to the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána to assist them in enforcing cabotage rules.