Irish roads not ready for autonomous vehicle testing – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism, and Sport, Marc Mac Sharry TD, says Irish roads are not ready for autonomous vehicle testing.

Minister Ross has brought a memo to Cabinet to begin the first steps of introducing legislation in this area.

Deputy Mac Sharry explained, „It is clear to anyone that driverless cars should be tested on private roads with secure and controlled road conditions.

„The memo to Cabinet from Minister Ross is premature. We have inadequate investment in road maintenance, lack of adequate segregation for cyclists and other road users. Minister Ross is asking technology he knows little about to spot worn down, poorly painted cycle lanes in congested cities.

„This appears to be another case of the government making announcements without any delivery. Any public road testing is way off yet here is the Minister planning legislation. We have serious enforcement issues in collecting fines issued to road users. There is a crumbling public transport network with buses and trains oversubscribed. The Minister needs to sort out the commuter crisis. This should be his number one priority.

„Fianna Fáil are in favour of research and development in the autonomous vehicle sector. However, it is our belief campus-based testing of self-driving cars is the right location for now,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.

Fianna Fáil

Marc Mac Sharry TD

Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism, and Sport

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