Filter

Question

630. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of fixed charge notices issued by An Garda Síochána in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, by Garda district and division to learner drivers for the offence of driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23851/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018, known as the Clancy Amendment, provides for penalties to be imposed on car owners who allow their vehicles to be used by an unaccompanied learner driver. The law provides for fines to be levied in such cases and gives Gardaí the power to seize their cars if being driven by unaccompanied learner drivers.
The Garda authorities have provided me with the below table which has an annual breakdown by Garda division of the number of instances in which a learner driver was issued with a fixed charge notice for the offence of driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver.
I am advised by An Garda Síochána that given the large number of districts, it is not possible to provide a breakdown of the relevant fixed charge notices issued to district level.

Garda Division 2019 2020 2021*
Cavan/Monaghan 144 108 32
Clare 66 47 20
Cork City 103 154 47
Cork North 89 77 47
Cork West 94 67 17
D.M.R. Eastern 94 62 31
D.M.R. North Central 131 138 29
D.M.R. Northern 236 230 141
D.M.R. South Central 98 159 72
D.M.R. Southern 306 282 104
D.M.R. Western 473 562 279
Donegal 46 51 20
Galway 106 140 52
Kerry 68 47 20
Kildare 263 343 176
Kilkenny/Carlow 131 143 63
Laois/Offaly 166 204 77
Limerick 279 203 46
Louth 84 91 22
Mayo 47 43 18
Meath 55 126 53
Roscommon/Longford 83 133 51
Sligo/Leitrim 19 19 -
Tipperary 121 152 72
Waterford 103 206 75
Westmeath 41 53 29
Wexford 187 179 68
Wicklow 212 207 85

* Figures for 2021 up to 30/04/2021.
- Figures less than 10.
For the Deputy's information the figures in the above table are based on incidents which occurred from 1 January 2019 to 30 April 2021, inclusive. All information contained in the above table is based upon operational data from the Fixed Charge Processing System as was available on 4 May 2021 and is liable to change.