Brendan Griffin says Minister Ross doesn’t support proposal to allow disqualified drink drivers drive to work

The junior minister, who referred a proposal to the Department of Transport which would allow convicted drink drivers drive to work, says his senior minister doesn’t support the idea.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Brendan Griffin referred the proposal made by the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland to officials.

The proposal from the Kerry branch of the Vintners’ Federation is modelled on a system in New Zealand where banned drivers can apply for an exemption if the ban causes them extreme hardship.

Kerry Fine Gael TD, Junior Transport Minister Brendan Griffin referred the proposal to officials at his department.

Junior Minister Griffin says that his senior minister, Shane Ross, has stated that he doesn’t support the proposal which would allow disqualified drink drivers drive to work.

Brendan Griffin says he’s not yet seen any details regarding the success or otherwise of the proposed system.

The Taoiseach says the Government would look at the New Zealand model but questioned how the measures would be enforced.

Minister Griffin says he’s far keener to pursue the wider rollout of rural transport services such as the one he’s piloting in Keel and Castlemaine.

He says the pilot scheme called LIFT carried over 300 passengers in the first 22 nights of service and he believes it has the potential to complement existing rural transport services such as Local Link and Night Link.