287. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 293 of 17 September 2019, if the report is now to hand in view of the fact An Garda Síochána has confirmed it was answered on 14 October 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51709/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer to the Parliamentary Question No. 293 of 17 September 2019 and the information requested by the Deputy therein in relation to drivers arrested for driving while disqualified. The information was not available for answer on that date but I can now advise as follows.
Section 6(b) and (c) of the Road Traffic Act 2014 amends the Road Traffic Act 1961 in a number of respects.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that they do not compile statistics in such a way as to identify specific number of arrests which occur using the powers provided under section 6(b) and (c) of the 2014 Act. I am advised that to collate this information would necessitate a manual trawl of all relevant incidents recorded on PULSE, and such an undertaking would require a disproportionate expenditure of Garda time and resources.
However I am informed by An Garda Síochána that the following table shows the number of proceedings taken in relation to persons driving without a driving licence from 2011- 2019 (as of September 2019).

Driving without a Driving Licence
2011 28,406
2012 25,116
2013 21,609
2014 20,811
2015 20,071
2016 21,749
2017 23,086
2018 21,928
2019 (to September) 12,142

It should be noted that An Garda Síochána have confirmed that all figures provided are provisional, operational and subject to change.