211. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which the use of light motorcycles or mopeds has been considered for policing purposes in urban areas, as in other jurisdictions globally, whereby the ability of police to be visible and mobile simultaneously has been maximised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35731/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The provision and allocation of Garda transport is a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of identified operational circumstances and the availability of resources. I am advised by the Garda Commissioner that there are no plans in the short term to purchase light motorcycles or mopeds.
I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that currently the Garda fleet has 105 motorcycles of which 64 are 700cc or less and 41 are 1200cc or greater. The suitability of all vehicles for operational requirements is kept under review.