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628. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 643 of 10 February 2021, the number of drivers by District Court that were summarily convicted in 2018, 2019 and up to 31 July 2020 of the offence of driving without a driving licence and were at the time they committed the offence disqualified from holding a driver licence; and the fines and penalties imposed per year. [23848/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Deputy will appreciate that road traffic legislation falls within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Transport.
The Deputy will be aware that section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1961, as amended, provides for an offence of driving without a driving licence. The penalty for this offence, upon summary conviction, is a fine not exceeding €2,000.
Furthermore, section 38(5) of the Road Traffic Act 1961, as amended, provides for an increased penalty in respect of a person who is summarily convicted of the offence of driving without a driving licence while disqualified from holding a driving licence at the time he or she committed the offence. The increased penalty provided under section 38(5) is a fine not exceeding €5,000, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both.
I have been advised by the Courts Service that they are unable to provide data regarding the number of drivers that were convicted of the offence of driving without a driving licence who were disqualified from holding a driving licence at the time they committed the offence.