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]
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.
|D.M.R. North Central||131||138||29|
|D.M.R. South Central||98||159||72|
* 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.