About The TII:
Responsibilities of the Authority
The TII’s primary function is “to secure the provision of a safe and efficient network of national roads”. It has overall responsibility for the planning and supervision of construction and maintenance of national roads.
In addition, the TII has a number of specific functions under the Act, including:
Historically, the TII has discharged these functions through the relevant local road authorities. However, it is empowered (where it considers it would be more convenient, expeditious, effective or economical to do so) to carry out such functions directly.
The TII has a general power to direct the road authority to “do any other thing which arises out of or is consequential on or is necessary or expedient for the purposes of or would facilitate the construction or maintenance of a national road”.
The TII may give specific directions to local road authorities relating to a number of matters, including making a motorway scheme; application for a bridge order; acquiring land by compulsory purchaser order; preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and entering into contracts for and/or undertaking specified construction or maintenance works.
Section 57 of the Act, as amended by the Planning and Development Act, 2000, allows the TII to prepare a scheme for the establishment of a system of tolls in respect of the use of a public road. The may also enter into an agreement with another person whereby that person agrees, inter alia, to pay some or all of the costs of the construction and/or maintenance of theTII road and/or to upgrade and manage the road. Toll charges may be used to repay all or part of the private funding involved.
Planning and Development Act, 2000
The Planning and Development Act, 2000, has sought to streamline the planning process and has made significant changes to the legislative arena within which the NRA operates. These changes include: