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324. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of cyclists using pavements; the action that is being taken to implement this offence; her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding this issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40274/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, I have no direct role in the enforcement of road traffic legislation, which is an operational matter for An Garda Síochána. I am advised that members of An Garda Síochána enforce road traffic legislation as it applies to cyclists as part of their normal duties on an ongoing basis. In addition to the day to day enforcement of relevant provisions of the Road Traffic Acts, breaches of the legislation are regularly targeted by way of specific Garda operations which take into account the interaction of cyclists, pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
Where breaches of the legislation are detected, members of An Garda Síochána, depending on the circumstances, may deal with the incident by way of advice or caution or by initiating criminal proceedings. As the Deputy will be aware, certain specific offences by cyclists may now result in the issuing of a fixed charge notice, including for the offence of cycling without reasonable consideration.