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128. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 398 of 21 April 2015 regarding the provision in tabular form of the number of persons convicted in court of road traffic offences in 2013 and 2014 and to date in 2015 with a breakdown based on each District Court of those convicted, the number who produced their licence in court and the number of driving licence numbers which were then forwarded by the Courts Service with a breakdown based on each District Court to the National Driver Licence Service and-or to the National Vehicle and Driver File for the application of penalty points; if she has this information to hand; if it will be made available to this Deputy prior to the summer recess; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27879/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service and I have no role in the matter. Section 4 (3) of the 1998 Act provides that the Courts Service is independent in the performance of its functions, which includes the provision of information on the courts system.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the information requested is provided in the following tables. I am informed that where a person is convicted and disqualified for an offence, details of the disqualification imposed including the driver licence number, where recorded, are sent to the National Driver Licence Service. Where the person is convicted of a penalty point offence, details of the conviction imposed including a driver licence number, where recorded, are sent to the National Vehicle and Driver File for the application of penalty points as appropriate. However, where a person is convicted of a penalty point offence and is disqualified from driving, details of the conviction are not sent to the National Vehicle and Driver File but rather are notified to the National Driver Licence Service.
It is an offence under the Road Traffic Act to fail to provide your licence details and, as I have recently advised the Deputy, an arrangement has been put in place between An Garda Síochána and the Courts Service to facilitate the bringing of prosecutions for the non-production of a driver licence in these circumstances. An Garda Síochána will shortly commence prosecutions at multiple locations nationwide, targeting persons not presenting their licences in Court.
I expect this will send a strong message that it is essential that our Road Traffic laws are respected and that there are consequences for the minority of persons who seek to evade them. Ultimately enforcement and prosecution of offences in this area is about improving public safety and reducing deaths on our roads, and there must be no way out for anybody seeking to avoid receiving penalty points.
I can further advise the Deputy that my Department is in ongoing and intensive contact with the other relevant agencies with a view to ensuring that the most effective system to associate penalty points with driver licences is in place. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and I have recently received an update from the Criminal Justice (Fixed Charge Processing System) Working Group on this matter and we have asked that further urgent consideration be given to this specific issue with a view to more detailed analysis being submitted later this year. In addition to assessing the impact of the prosecutions referred to above, this analysis will consider other means of addressing this issue, including an examination of the feasibility and means of introducing a mandatory association between driver licence details and vehicle registrations.

Court Area No. of Persons Convicted Under Road Traffic Act No. of Persons convicted under RTA where Driver Number has been recorded No. of Persons convicted of Penalty Point Offence and where Driver Number has been recorded
ABBEYFEALE 63 8 5
ACAILL 7 1 0
ARDEE 83 11 6
ARKLOW 235 28 22
ATHLONE 314 152 91
ATHY 98 17 12
BALLINA 59 8 3
BALTINGLASS 62 6 0
BANDON 184 57 26
BALLYCONNELL & SWANLINBAR 18 7 4
BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD 33 4 2
BIRR 68 18 6
BALLINASLOE 265 53 31
BALLAGHADERREEN 80 12 6
BALLYHAUNIS 15 2 1
BALLYSHANNON 68 9 7
BANTRY 94 26 10
BRAY 540 84 48
BUNCRANA 91 25 13
CAHIRCIVEEN 6 2 0
CARLOW 286 47 23
CASHEL 148 19 14
CAVAN 206 46 22
CASTLEBAR 141 28 19
CLIFDEN 29 5 2
CLONMEL 154 23 14
CLONES 21 1 0
CLONAKILTY 160 54 25
CORK CITY 2,461 566 326
CARRICK ON SHANNON 164 24 15
CARRICKMACROSS 146 21 13
CARNDONAGH 64 22 16
CARRICK ON SUIR 67 14 3
CASTLEREA 64 22 16
AN DAINGEAN 13 5 0
DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT 9,792 4,416 3,378
DUNGARVAN 139 34 22
DONEGAL 63 6 2
DROGHEDA 331 53 32
DOIRE AN FHEICH 62 7 6
DUNDALK 307 33 17
AN CLOCHAN LIATH 47 5 1
EDENDERRY 75 14 5
ENNIS 770 184 121
AN FAL CARRACH 31 8 2
FERMOY 229 57 35
GALWAY 779 142 91
NA GLEANNTA 43 6 3
GORT 63 12 4
GOREY 465 215 148
KELLS 102 13 7
KENMARE 25 0
KILLALOE 84 22 15
CILL RONAIN 2
KINSALE 96 34 15
KILCOCK 197 19 14
KILKENNY 511 85 49
KILLORGLIN 12 1 0
KILRUSH 97 20 10
KILLARNEY 107 18 12
LETTERKENNY 323 72 41
LIMERICK 2,367 215 139
LISMORE 53 11 6
LISTOWEL 91 12 5
LONGFORD 351 153 101
LOUGHREA 159 39 30
MACROOM 208 80 54
MALLOW 548 95 55
MANORHAMILTON 12 0
MIDLETON 464 135 102
MONAGHAN 123 19 7
MULLINGAR 336 153 95
NAAS 768 113 74
NENAGH 181 23 12
NEWCASTLE WEST 438 57 35
NAVAN 280 47 31
PORTLAOISE 466 67 37
ROSCOMMON 189 73 45
SKIBBEREEN 68 23 12
SLIGO 208 31 15
AN SPIDEAL 19 2 1
STROKESTOWN 64 20 13
SWINFORD 15 3 2
THURLES 159 41 24
TIPPERARY 72 6 3
TRALEE 157 16 6
TRIM 94 6 1
TUAM 352 78 29
TUBBERCURRY 60 11 7
TULLAMORE 384 92 61
VIRGINIA 195 44 28
WEXFORD 475 206 145
WICKLOW 237 48 26
WESTPORT 26 5 2
WATERFORD CITY 682 153 82
YOUGHAL 72 18 5
TOTAL 31,632 8,998 6,121

No. of persons convicted in Court of Road Traffic Offences in 2014
Court Area No. of Persons Convicted Under Road Traffic Act No. of Persons convicted under RTA where Driver Number has been recorded No. of Persons convicted of Penalty Point Offence and where Driver Number has been recorded
ABBEYFEALE 29 1 1
ACAILL 1 0 0
ARDEE 143 25 16
ARKLOW 227 129 117
ATHLONE 562 334 242
ATHY 138 18 13
BALLINA 85 31 20
BANDON 347 124 92
BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD 37 8 4
BALLINASLOE 355 129 66
BALLAGHADERREEN 89 17 10
BALLYSHANNON 107 14 9
BANTRY 115 38 20
BRAY 521 184 141
BUNCRANA 83 32 21
CAHIRCIVEEN 4 0 0
CARLOW 380 87 60
CASHEL 287 117 86
CAVAN 228 83 60
CASTLEBAR 208 105 88
CLIFDEN 43 6 2
CLONMEL 209 54 46
CLONAKILTY 126 34 21
CORK CITY 2,606 659 446
CARRICK ON SHANNON 130 15 10
CARRICKMACROSS 156 65 48
CARNDONAGH 77 33 25
CARRICK ON SUIR 68 25 19
CASTLEREA 80 27 17
AN DAINGEAN 18 1 1
DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT 9,397 3,820 2,893
DUNGARVAN 225 107 79
DONEGAL 72 15 9
DROGHEDA 402 73 59
DOIRE AN FHEICH 68 11 7
DUNDALK 332 21 14
AN CLOCHAN LIATH 41 14 10
ENNIS 1,010 290 207
AN FAL CARRACH 43 17 12
FERMOY 321 85 44
GALWAY 1,021 272 205
NA GLEANNTA 37 15 8
GORT 103 21 14
GOREY 408 183 145
KENMARE 24 0 0
KILLALOE 105 33 24
CILL RONAIN 1 0 0
KILCOCK 222 27 22
KILKENNY 612 120 63
KILLORGLIN 23 4 2
KILRUSH 125 36 29
KILLARNEY 159 21 13
LETTERKENNY 369 125 82
LIMERICK 2,704 166 95
LISMORE 44 13 10
LISTOWEL 116 12 11
LONGFORD 421 241 162
LOUGHREA 256 93 63
MACROOM 280 113 94
MALLOW 663 138 78
MANORHAMILTON 16 1 1
MIDLETON 519 161 115
MONAGHAN 153 54 33
MULLINGAR 467 237 199
NAAS 987 197 155
NENAGH 194 28 21
NEWCASTLE WEST 644 84 47
NAVAN 406 70 60
PORTLAOISE 727 217 156
ROSCOMMON 195 79 60
SKIBBEREEN 80 19 13
SLIGO 214 30 22
STROKESTOWN 84 24 18
THURLES 277 47 31
TIPPERARY 85 16 7
TRALEE 207 24 12
TRIM 94 12 9
TUAM 528 196 113
TUBBERCURRY 42 8 7
TULLAMORE 652 217 177
VIRGINIA 236 104 79
WEXFORD 526 305 259
WICKLOW 375 181 148
WESTPORT 26 12 5
WATERFORD CITY 660 194 137
YOUGHAL 77 26 20
TOTAL 35,534 11,024 8,059

No. of persons convicted in Court of Road Traffic Offences Jan – May 2015
Court Area No of Persons Convicted Under Road Traffic Act No of Persons convicted under RTA where Driver Number has been recorded No. of Persons convicted of Penalty Point Offence and where Driver Number has been recorded
ARDEE 64 6 5
ARKLOW 65 46 37
ATHLONE 304 188 160
ATHY 83 6 5
BALLINA 39 15 8
BANDON 139 45 32
BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD 6 5 2
BALLINASLOE 144 47 26
BALLAGHADERREEN 26 12 10
BALLYSHANNON 42 6 6
BANTRY 72 28 17
BRAY 236 141 122
BUNCRANA 51 17 14
CAHIRCIVEEN 3 0 0
CARLOW 351 83 60
CASHEL 103 50 37
CAVAN 165 46 34
CASTLEBAR 85 31 21
CLIFDEN 30 4 2
CLONMEL 64 24 19
CLONAKILTY 55 15 10
CORK CITY 1,170 327 234
CARRICK ON SHANNON 89 14 8
CARRICKMACROSS 59 17 13
CARNDONAGH 40 8 6
CARRICK ON SUIR 35 12 8
CASTLEREA 28 10 7
AN DAINGEAN 3 0 0
DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT 3,820 1,572 1,172
DUNGARVAN 93 44 34
DONEGAL 29 4 2
DROGHEDA 111 21 13
DOIRE AN FHEICH 60 2 1
DUNDALK 164 15 13
AN CLOCHAN LIATH 15 10 8
ENNIS 441 135 93
AN FAL CARRACH 17 3 1
FERMOY 129 43 31
GALWAY 528 142 101
NA GLEANNTA 6 2 1
GORT 98 23 19
GOREY 187 98 81
KENMARE 10 0 0
KILLALOE 70 32 26
KILCOCK 97 11 9
KILKENNY 435 121 74
KILLORGLIN 3 0 0
KILRUSH 61 24 20
KILLARNEY 58 4 3
LETTERKENNY 200 77 46
LIMERICK 1,260 80 53
LISMORE 11 2 0
LISTOWEL 37 5 4
LONGFORD 191 124 92
LOUGHREA 119 42 33
MACROOM 156 77 58
MALLOW 359 74 46
MANORHAMILTON 6 0 0
MIDLETON 227 47 30
MONAGHAN 91 26 17
MULLINGAR 216 136 108
NAAS 559 163 127
NENAGH 153 37 27
NEWCASTLE WEST 279 30 21
NAVAN 211 43 36
PORTLAOISE 292 82 50
ROSCOMMON 89 28 21
SKIBBEREEN 37 16 7
SLIGO 148 17 14
STROKESTOWN 46 16 15
THURLES 83 28 25
TIPPERARY 47 11 9
TRALEE 73 15 10
TRIM 68 9 9
TUAM 253 104 68
TUBBERCURRY 19 3 2
TULLAMORE 305 105 84
VIRGINIA 128 32 25
WEXFORD 274 171 151
WICKLOW 134 87 65
WESTPORT 10 6 1
WATERFORD CITY 268 63 37
YOUGHAL 28 17 14
TOTAL 16,360 5,282 3,910