Dáil Éireann - Volume 630 - 01 February, 2007
Written Answers. - Public Transport.
Ms Burton Ms Burton
Ms Burton asked the Minister for Transport if, in relation to the Government’s disability fund and the provision of ramp access to buses, his Department has conducted an audit of the availability of ramp access to buses in Dublin; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many ramps which were put in place through this fund are unusable due to a lack of funds for servicing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3190/07]
Mr. Cullen Mr. Cullen
Mr. Cullen: I understand from Dublin Bus that 679 of its buses, that  is almost 58% of its fleet, are now wheelchair accessible. All new and replacement buses being purchased are wheelchair accessible. The operation and maintenance of the ramp mechanism on wheelchair accessible buses is a day to day operational matter for Dublin Bus. I understand from Dublin Bus that the procedure for the operation of the ramps is satisfactory and that it has in operation a programme of inspection for its bus ramps, that defects with the ramp mechanism are to be reported on a daily basis and repaired as quickly as possible. Dublin Bus also informs me that it will take immediate action on comments from any member of the public who highlight instances of ramps not working.
Dáil Éireann 630 Written Answers. Public Transport.