Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 241 of 22 March 2016 wherein she stated that a reply relating to an earlier parliamentary question of 19 October 2015 would issue that week, the number of fixed charge notices that have been issued for speeding; the number of these that were paid within the 56 day period; the notices for which summonses were issued; the number of persons convicted; the number of these who had their licence numbers recorded in each case by District Court area and by year for the period January 2013 to March 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6391/16]
288. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 241 of 22 March 2016 wherein she stated that a reply relating to an earlier parliamentary question of 19 October 2015 would issue that week, the number of speeding offences; the number of persons who did not produce their licence in court and whose cases were adjourned until such time as they produced the licences; the outcome of these cases; the number of these cases where persons did not produce the licence in court and now face prosecution on the charge of failing to produce a licence in court in each case by District Court area and by year for the period January 2013 to March 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6392/16]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 287 and 288 together.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the data sought is not collated on a District Court basis by the Garda Síochána, however the statistics requested by the Deputy have been provided on a national basis. Table 1 details the number of FCNs issued, paid, terminated and resulting in a summons application for speeding offences for the years 2013, 2014 and 1 January - 31 March 2015.
Table 1: Fixed Charge Notices for Speeding Offences issued, paid, terminated and resulting in a summons application for the years 2013, 2014 and 1 January – 31 March 2015
|1 January - 31 March 2015||47,849||38,003||1,637||7,472|
The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the Court outcomes of the specific FCNs referenced in Table 1 and the recording of driving licence numbers in Court are not available to the Garda Síochána. However, the Courts Service has provided information contained in Table 2, detailing the number of persons before the courts for speeding offences for the years 2013, 2014 and 1 January - 31 March 2015. Table 2 also details the outcomes of these cases and the number of driving licences recorded for convictions.
While most of the FCNs issued are paid without recourse to court, a range of measures are in development to further improve payment rate and enhance overall enforcement. In particular, these include the project which is is underway to introduce a ‘3rd Payment Option’ whereby a person served with a summons would have a final opportunity to pay the penalty and receive the points without attending Court. This project is currently in technical development and scheduled to be commenced later this year. One longer term measure also in preparation is a project to develop a 'master driver licence record' which will associate vehicle and driver records in order to achieve optimum penalty point endorsement as well as other benefits. More generally, I can assure the Deputy that there is extensive liaison between all of the stakeholders involved at an operational level with a view to the ongoing enhancement of the FCPS system, and in order to keep relevant legislation under ongoing review.
Table 2: Report on Persons before the Courts for Speeding Offences in 2013, 2014 and 1 January – 31 March 2015
|Year||2013||2014||1 Jan-31 Mar 2015|
|No. of Persons||14,101||17,292||5,731|
|No. of Persons Convicted||6,663||7,868||2,669|
|Community Service Order||1|
|Dismiss Probation Act||292||211||30|
|Taken into Consideration||68||90||26|
|No. of Driving Licences recorded for Convictions||2,817||3,306||1,121|