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631. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of vehicles seized 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. [23852/21]

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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 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 vehicle was seized under Road Traffic legislation in circumstances of the vehicle being driven by a learner driver unaccompanied by a qualified driver.
I am advised by An Garda Síochána that given the large number of Garda districts, it is not possible to provide a breakdown to district level.

Garda Division 2019 2020 2021*
Cavan/Monaghan 115 70 30
Clare 16 19 -
Cork City 61 149 72
Cork North 62 72 58
Cork West 79 47 13
D.M.R. Eastern 66 81 49
D.M.R. North Central 108 132 42
D.M.R. Northern 167 181 103
D.M.R. South Central 104 187 91
D.M.R. Southern 264 315 127
D.M.R. Western 380 502 225
Donegal 76 72 43
Galway 45 56 16
Kerry 62 64 17
Kildare 211 361 169
Kilkenny/Carlow 49 79 27
Laois/Offaly 56 109 66
Limerick 153 110 63
Louth 47 95 30
Mayo 25 13 10
Meath 35 86 45
Roscommon/Longford 34 65 21
Sligo/Leitrim 19 22 13
Tipperary 58 100 47
Waterford 41 121 43
Westmeath 34 24 -
Wexford 56 125 47
Wicklow 86 100 58

* 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 Pulse system as was available on 4 May 2021 and is liable to change.