IRISH REPUBLIC SPECIAL REPORT: BUSES - NEW LEGISLATION TO FAN THE FLAMES

This article discusses the proposed replacement of Ireland's 1932 Road Traffic Act by new legislation allowing private operators greater access to provincial bus routes. Private bus operators hope that this may be the first step to full deregulation. For decades, the Irish state-sponsored public transport company, Coras Iompair Eireann (CIE) has had a virtual monopoly on public services, especially in Dublin. The new bill will be restricted to provincial services, and will not effect CIE's monopoly in the Dublin area, most of whose population of approximately one million live in the suburbs. Outside the main cities of Dublin, Cork and Limerick, the rural population is scattered, although many young people in the countryside work in Dublin and return home at least once a week. Irish bus services can be divided into Dublin services, regular coach services and tourist services. CIE retains many routes in the public interest, even though they make heavy losses; however, it has made its city operations more efficient by driver-operated buses. Competition between CIE and private operators has recently been ruthless and bitter, with the private operators complaining about "unfair advantages" offered to the CIE. (TRRL)

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  • Accession Number: 00609894
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM