Dáil Éireann - Volume 453 - 18 May, 1995
Written Answers. - Sale or Repairs of Vehicles on Public Roadways.
Mr. N. Ahern Mr. N. Ahern
79. Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment the regulations, if any, made by his Department which prohibit the practice of selling and advertising for sale of taxed and untaxed cars and the repair of vehicles on a commercial basis on the public roadway; the regulations, if any, which relate to trade plates being issued or used to cover untaxed vehicles while being offered for sale; the plans, if any, he has to introduce such legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9164/95]
Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin) Brendan Howlin
Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin): Section 71 of the Roads Act, 1933 prohibits unauthorised signs on public roads and empowers road authorities and the Garda to remove them. It also prohibits, and provides for the removal of, caravans, vehicles, etc.  which are used for the purpose of advertising, for the sale of goods or the provision of services, on public roads.
Subject to certain exemptions, all vehicles used in a public place are subject to the normal range of traffic and parking regulations under the Road Traffic Acts, 1961-1994. There is also a specific provision in the 1961 Act containing a prohibition on acts which cause, or are likely to cause, obstruction of traffic.
Under section 21 of the Finance (No. 2) Act, 1992 and the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations, 1992, a motor trader may, on certain conditions, obtain a trade licence from the local licensing authority on payment of the appropriate excise duty. Under a trade licence-plate, a vehicle may be used in a public place for a wide range of purposes, including demonstration for the benefit of a prospective purchaser.
Dáil Éireann 453 Written Answers. Sale or Repairs of Vehicles on Public Roadways.