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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 524-547
 Header Item Mobile Telephony Services
 Header Item Post Office Network
 Header Item Lobbying Data
 Header Item National Broadband Plan Implementation
 Header Item National Broadband Plan Administration
 Header Item Ministerial Meetings
 Header Item Road Safety
 Header Item Swimming Pool Programme Status
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Applications
 Header Item Tourism Data
 Header Item Sports Injuries Guidelines
 Header Item Air Services Provision
 Header Item Penalty Points System Data
 Header Item Penalty Points System Data
 Header Item Penalty Points System Data
 Header Item Penalty Points System Data
 Header Item Greenways Development
 Header Item Driver Test Regulations
 Header Item Taxi Licences Renewals
 Header Item Public Transport Data
 Header Item Greenways Development
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Applications
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Applications

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 960 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 524-547

Mobile Telephony Services

 524. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the outcome of discussions he has had with the telecommunications regulator and the telecommunications providers regarding the inadequate mobile telephone coverage in County Donegal; his plans to deal with the substandard service available in County Donegal at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42858/17]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten The provision of telecommunications services, including mobile phone services, is a matter for the service providers concerned which operate in a fully liberalised market regulated by the independent regulator of the telecommunications sector, the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg.  I do not have statutory authority to require commercial companies to roll out services to particular locations.

Any customer across Ireland who experiences service difficulties, including those in County Donegal, should raise the matter with the service provider in the first instance. If this fails to resolve matters, customers can and should refer a complaint to ComReg, which will investigate the service provider's compliance with its contractual obligations.

However, notwithstanding the independence of ComReg, I recognise the frustration experienced across Ireland where telecommunications networks are not always delivering the services people expect. In that regard, I specifically included in the Programme for Government a commitment to a Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce. In July 2016, I established the Taskforce to identify immediate solutions to broadband and mobile phone coverage deficits and investigate how better services could be provided to consumers, prior to the full build and roll-out of the network planned under the National Broadband Plan State intervention. The December 2016 report of the Taskforce is available on my Department's website.

The Taskforce worked with Departments, local authorities, ComReg, State agencies, the telecoms industry and other key stakeholders to produce the report which contains 40 actions to alleviate some of the telecommunications deficits across Ireland. To maintain momentum, I established an Implementation Group to drive and monitor implementation of the actions, bringing together all key stakeholders responsible for delivery. This group will report on progress every 90 days and has met twice this year, in March and July, with another meeting due to take place in the coming weeks. Two quarterly progress reports have been published so far, which are available on my Department's website. These demonstrate that good progress has been made in delivering the actions. I am also pleased at the sustained level of engagement between action owners and industry.

This engagement was clearly demonstrated last Friday in Athlone, where myself and Minister Kyne jointly hosted the first National Stakeholder Forum.  This Forum arose out of a recognition by the Taskforce that, given the rapid pace of technology and the emergence of new equipment and solutions to deliver telecommunications services, it was critical that an opportunity be afforded to stakeholders to raise concerns on impediments to the roll-out of services.  At last week’s Forum, the opportunity was taken not only to discuss the issues impacting on such roll-out, but also to suggest new recommended actions to the Taskforce that will assist in providing improved services to consumers and in preparing for the roll-out of the new NBP network once contracts are in place. The Forum will also inform the review to be conducted prior to completion of an annual report by the Implementation Group for the end of 2017.

In addition, following regulations which I signed last year, ComReg’s announcement earlier this year of the results of its auction for the 3.6GHz radio spectrum band, will mean an 86% increase in spectrum capacity to meet the growing demand for mobile and wireless broadband services across rural and urban areas. The award of 15-year licences for the rights of use in this band will provide stability and create future investment certainty. Spectrum was also awarded in lots covering nine urban and rural regions across Ireland.

The very significant commercial investment by mobile operators has resulted in improved services, with at least one operator now having in excess of 90% 4G population coverage..

Post Office Network

 525. Deputy Niamh Smyth Information on Niamh Smyth Zoom on Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten his views on reports in the media (details supplied) which report 400 post office closures throughout the country; his plans regarding same; if an assurance can be given to postmasters on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42234/17]

 528. Deputy Carol Nolan Information on Carol Nolan Zoom on Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the outstanding recommendations of the post office network business development group; the estimated cost of implementing all recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42337/17]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten I propose to take Questions Nos. 525 and 528 together.

  I refer to the reply to Question No 22 of 4 October and to the topical issues debate on post offices in the House on the same date.

  It is Government policy that An Post remains a strong, viable company in a position to provide a high quality, nationwide postal service and that it maintains a nationwide customer-focused network of post offices in the community. However, the An Post Group lost €13.7 million in 2016 with the core mails business losing over €30 million An Post has entered a period of structural change and decline in activity mainly due to the impact of e-substitution on mail volumes and post office transactions.  This has had a significant impact on the post office network and I understand that overall activity levels are down approximately 15% since 2013. In addition, annual payments have reduced by up to 20% in some offices.  There is no doubt that the environment in which the post office operates is changing and the network needs to change to thrive, particularly with the move to digital transactions. 

  As Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, I am responsible for the postal sector including the governance of An Post.  Operational matters relating to the company’s retail business, including the post office network, are matters for the Board and management of An Post.  I appreciate that there is concern regarding the potential closure of post offices and the potential number involved.  This has been exacerbated by the media coverage on this issue over the past week.  I would again reiterate that no definitive decision has been made by An Post regarding post office closures. The post office plays an important role in serving the needs of business and domestic customers alike and this is at the forefront of An Post’s mandate. Government remains fully committed to a sustainable post office network which it sees as a key piece of economic and social infrastructure for both rural and urban areas. 

  The fundamental review of the company is being undertaken  to identify the strategic changes and restructuring necessary to put the company on a sound financial footing. An Post has recognised the realities of the current postal environment and is transforming how it does business to be a better fit for the future of e-commerce, where the average spend per consumer in Ireland is forecast to nearly double in the next five years.  It is imperative that the network be restructured into a viable sustainable, modern and vibrant network for the future, capable of adapting to the changing environment in which it operates. Inevitably, the scale of the envisaged change will impact on individual postmasters and some postmasters, who have given long and dedicated service to their local communities and to An Post, may find it a challenge to adapt to a very significant renewal programme.  Any changes in this area will have to be the subject of negotiation between An Post and the postmasters.  I continue to encourage An Post to continue to work closely with all parties to find an agreed solution to the renewal of the network.

  I have met the Irish Postmasters’ Union and was interested to hear their perspective on how to renew what continues to be a very valuable resource for both urban and rural communities.

  Until such time as the review is finalised and assessed it is not be possible to comment further. Government will be briefed once a definitive strategy has been agreed.

Lobbying Data

 526. Deputy Róisín Shortall Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the number of occasions on which he has been lobbied in respect of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill since March 2016; the persons he has met with; the dates of these meetings; the details of the basis of the lobbying; his views on the issues raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42286/17]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten Under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015, persons who fall within the scope of the Act who communicate with Designated Public Officials about relevant matters must register and submit returns of lobbying activity. Details of the lobbying activity, if any, referred to by the Deputy can be accessed on the Register of Lobbying maintained under the Act by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

National Broadband Plan Implementation

 527. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30 Mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage will be prioritised during the roll-out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42302/17]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten The Government's National Broadband Plan, NBP, will ensure high-speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that, to date, approximately 1.5 million or 65% of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland can get high-speed broadband and this footprint is expanding.

  In April, I published an updated High-Speed Broadband Map which is available at: www.broadband.gov.ie.  This map shows the areas targeted by commercial operators to provide high-speed broadband services and the areas that will be included in the State Intervention Area. The Map is searchable by Eircode by individuals who are seeking information:

  - The BLUE areas on the Map represent those areas where commercial telecommunications providers are either currently delivering, or have indicated plans to deliver high-speed broadband services; 

  - The AMBER areas on the Map represent the areas that will require State intervention and are the subject of a procurement process.

  The map shows that there are over 101,000 premises in County Donegal, about 68,000 of which fall within a BLUE area of the Map and will be covered by commercial operators.  Just under 17,000 of these 68,000 premises form part of eir's planned rural deployment to deliver rural high speed broadband between now and the end of 2018.  The remaining 33,000 premises in County Donegal fall within an AMBER area and will be part of the State-led Intervention under the National Broadband Plan. 

  My Department is engaged in an ongoing procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll out a new high-speed broadband network for the State-led intervention. A significant milestone in that process was reached last week with the submission of, "Detailed Solutions", by two bidders. This is the last stage before receipt of final tenders and ultimate progression to the appointment of a preferred bidder(s). 

  To improve both mobile and broadband services in rural Ireland in advance of the roll-out of the high-speed broadband network to be built in the State intervention area, I established in July 2016 a Taskforce to identify solutions which can be implemented in the short, medium and long term to alleviate mobile phone and broadband coverage deficits, to identify priority areas for roll-out and investigate how better services could be provided to consumers. These solutions will enhance the existing services prior to the full build and roll-out of the network planned under the NBP State-led intervention.

  Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing to strengthen.  These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of contact in local authorities for their communities.  The appointment of these officers is already reaping rewards in terms of ensuring a much greater degree of consistency in engagements with operators and clearing obstacles to developing infrastructure.  There is a link to a list of these local Broadband Officers on my Department's website. 

Question No. 528 answered with Question No. 525.

National Broadband Plan Administration

 529. Deputy Carol Nolan Information on Carol Nolan Zoom on Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten the anticipated timeframe for the completion of the tender process for broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42338/17]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten My Department is engaged in an on-going procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network for the State-led intervention under the National Broadband Plan, NBP.

Last Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, "Detailed Solutions" were submitted to my Department by two bidders as part of that ongoing procurement process.  These bidders were Eircom Limited and the Granahan McCourt, enet, SSE, John Laing Group plc consortium.  This is a significant and positive milestone in the process and the path to a digitally equal Ireland.

My Department's specialist NBP team, comprising a broad mix of expertise and experience including specialists in procurement, project management, engineering, commercial and financial analysts as well as legal advisors will now evaluate these two submissions over the coming weeks. The procurement process has now entered its final stages. 

To improve both mobile and broadband services in rural Ireland in advance of the roll-out of the high-speed broadband network to be built in the State intervention area, I established a Taskforce to identify immediate solutions to mobile phone and broadband coverage deficits and investigate how better services could be provided to consumers. These solutions will enhance the existing services prior to the full build and roll-out of the network planned under the National Broadband Plan State intervention..

Ministerial Meetings

 530. Deputy Bríd Smith Information on Bríd Smith Zoom on Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten if he or officials from his Department have met with or had representations made to them regarding energy policy and renewable energy by representatives of a company (details supplied); and the details of all such meetings or representations. [42385/17]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten To date, neither I or my officials have had meetings or representations from the company named by the Deputy. My officials have occasionally met a representative of the company (who is also  a member of the Board of SEAI) on an informal basis as part of routine engagement with energy sector stakeholders. Recently, a formal request to meet officials was received, however no arrangements have yet been made. Such interactions are characteristic of ongoing engagement by the Department with energy sector stakeholders..

Road Safety

 531. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the cost to the State of the request by An Garda Síochána in July 2016 for new roadside breath test devices to have functional capacity to collect specific types of information and data which An Garda Síochána had previously requested (details supplied) in view of the fact that this request, so late on in the procurement process which was at that point 80% complete, set back the whole process by 12 to 15 months. [42890/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross This is a matter for the Medical Bureau of Road Safety. I have referred the question to the Bureau for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within ten days..

Swimming Pool Programme Status

 532. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the extent to which recreational amenity requirements continue to be reviewed throughout County Kildare, having particular regard to previous unsuccessful applications for funding toward a swimming pool, the case for which remains stronger than ever; the extent to which negotiations continue to take place with a college (details supplied) or a company in respect of a swimming pool; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [42464/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin As the Deputy is aware, in January 2016, my Department contacted local authorities and sought expressions of interest in a limited round of swimming pool allocations for the construction of new swimming pools or the refurbishment of existing pools, subject to funding becoming available from other projects where those projects would not be progressed. 

  The local authorities were informed that they would be required to show inter alia that they would have chargeable title to the proposed facility, would be able to progress the project without delay and that they would also need to show that the pool would serve an existing need for such a facility. Kildare County Council submitted an expression of interest for a pool in Maynooth, but because the Council did not have chargeable title to the proposed facility, that expression of interest was invalid. 

  There are four swimming pool projects in the current programme, and the priority in 2017 is on progressing these projects.

  In relation to the future funding of swimming pools, my Department is currently finalising a review of national sports policy. This includes a specific focus on how Government should fund sports facilities including swimming pools in the years ahead. I would hope to be in a position to publish the new sports policy later this year.

Sports Capital Programme Applications

 533. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if a golf club (details supplied) will receive funding from the sports capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42529/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on 24 February, and I can confirm that an application has been submitted by the organisation referred to.  By the closing date, a record number of 2,320 applications seeking €155 million in grants were received.  Accordingly, the allocation of grants will be particularly challenging.

All of the 2,320 applications received are currently being assessed by officials in my Department.  I expect to be in a position to make an announcement regarding allocations in the coming weeks..

Tourism Data

 534. Deputy John Curran Information on John Curran Zoom on John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if the causes for the drop in tourist numbers coming here from Britain in the past few months have been identified; his plans to reverse this trend; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42540/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross I welcome the overall growth in visit numbers to Ireland in the first eight months of 2017. However, the persistent decline in the numbers visiting from Great Britain continues to be a concern. The fall in the value of sterling against the euro following the Brexit vote in the UK has been the primary factor in this.

Tourism Ireland is responsible for marketing Ireland as a tourist destination in overseas markets. I am informed that it has implemented a series of actions in the GB market to address the implications of Brexit and the fall in the value of sterling.  For example, a greater focus has been placed on, "culturally curious", visitors, who are less impacted by currency fluctuations and highlighting off-season breaks and value offers.  I am aware also that Tourism Ireland has increased publicity and trade visits for the border area, where the impact of the drop in British visitors has been most keenly felt. As well as this, it is pursuing a market diversification strategy. This aims to attract more visitors from markets which deliver longer stays and, therefore, higher revenue returns. This strategy is bearing fruit as evidenced by the significant increase in visitors from North America and other markets thus far in 2017. 

Fáilte Ireland has recently launched its Brexit Response Programme.  Its new, "Get Brexit Ready", programme offers a suite of industry supports, designed to help businesses struggling with the loss of trade created by Brexit.  The programme allows individual businesses to self-assess their exposures and risks and provides a range of interventions to match their needs..

Sports Injuries Guidelines

 535. Deputy Noel Rock Information on Noel Rock Zoom on Noel Rock asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if he will request organisations (details supplied) to conduct a study into a possible link between heading the ball and brain injuries, similar to that of their English counterparts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42556/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross I am aware of the recent research study to which the Deputy refers.  I welcome any such studies or initiatives which will ultimately make sport safer for all those involved.

I fully recognise the importance of ensuring the safety of players. Player welfare is paramount. Various organisations have concussion and head injury guidelines for their sports, which stress the importance of ensuring the health and well-being of the players.

The Deputy should be aware that neither I nor Sport Ireland have a statutory role or remit with regard to monitoring or reviewing the safety standards in use by, or applicable to, National Governing Bodies of Sport, NGBs.  NGBs must, of course, abide by health and safety legislation and should have regard to any guidance issued by relevant statutory agencies. The safety of all those involved in sport is of paramount importance, whether as participants, competitors, spectators, volunteers or workers. .

Air Services Provision

 536. Deputy Noel Rock Information on Noel Rock Zoom on Noel Rock asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the cost to the economy of the cancellation of a company's (details supplied) flights to and from Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42557/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The airline (details supplied) has announced a small number of flight cancellations to and from Dublin airport which includes 40 individual flights in the period to the end of October 2017, and a further 22 flights per week from its winter schedule running from 1 November 2017 to 24 March 2018.

It is understood that the affected routes to and from Dublin are served by multiple connections each day, and that a number of affected customers have been offered alternative flights or re-routing options by the airline, in accordance with their passenger rights under EU Regulation 261/2004.

There are no route suspensions at Dublin Airport. Ireland's air connectivity, in terms of the range of services available to support economic growth, is being maintained (albeit at a reduced level of frequency across a small number of routes).

It is not possible to assess the precise cost to the economy of the cancellation of certain services during the winter season, but in the circumstances outlined above the impact is not significant..

Penalty Points System Data

 537. Deputy Noel Grealish Information on Noel Grealish Zoom on Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the number of penalty points issued in each county in respect of each offence in the past year, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42567/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The following table provides the details requested by the Deputy on the number of penalty points issued in each county in respect of each offence in the past year (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017).

Penalty Points issued in each County By Offence (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017):

Offences Type Carlow Cavan Clare Cork Donegal Dublin Galway Kerry Kildare
22-35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath
9
42
54
183
42
216
99
54
81
50-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
3
6
21
27
9
12
6
67-107mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine
3
9
21
12
21
6
15
3
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M1 Vehicle
145
135
543
1,139
242
1,288
1,605
220
368
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M2 Vehicle
11
3
15
12
12
3
3
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M3 Vehicle
3
8
3
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N1 Vehicle
38
57
81
187
164
252
320
48
56
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N2 Vehicle
6
24
33
61
12
66
66
20
29
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N3 Vehicle
27
33
21
49
21
172
30
6
66
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Left front wheel
4
18
12
72
8
48
22
18
20
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Left rear wheel
4
10
30
4
20
6
6
4
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Right front wheel
4
18
22
60
10
36
22
16
12
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Right rear wheel
2
12
20
52
12
22
10
2
8
Breach of duties on occurrence of an accident
20
25
45
195
15
245
60
35
25
Breach of motorway outside lane driving rule
1
4
1
Careless Driving
25
40
75
485
105
320
115
50
45
Contravention of requirements at junctions
Contravention of requirements for reversing
1
Contravention of rules for use of mini roundabouts
1
1
4
Cross continuous white line/broken white line
27
80
80
414
133
327
254
154
151
Crossing 'No Entry' sign
1
4
Dangerous Driving Reduced to Careless Driving
80
35
235
180
235
90
70
60
Drive against flow of traffic on motorway
2
8
4
2
2
Drive on hard shoulder/non carriageway - motorway
6
17
2
Driver (Owner) Exceeding Maximum Load
1
1
1
1
Driver (Owner) Exceeding Maximum Weight
1
Driver Exceeding Design Gross Vehicle Weight
1
1
3
1
Driver Exceeding Maximum Weight
5
1
2
1
Driver Fail ensure Passenger U/17 wear Safety Belt
3
49
69
141
27
194
132
105
29
Driver Fail Restrain Child O/3 in Child Restraint
14
20
73
187
25
161
305
63
47
Driver Fail Restrain Child U/3 in Child Restraint
6
18
33
73
20
121
74
25
29
Driver Owner Exceeding Design Gross Vehicle Weight
1
Driver Owner Transmits greater Load than Max Load Permitted
Driving a vehicle while holding a mobile phone
948
1,166
2,730
8,995
1,361
10,269
6,686
2,537
3,531
Driving along/across median strip
2
4
8
30
8
38
22
6
8
Driving dangerously defective vehicle
5
15
15
5
Driving on/across cycle track
4
Driving on/across footway
1
2
8
1
Driving past a red light. Contrary to sec 35(5)RTA 1994
6
3
6
308
3
28
Driving without reasonable consideration
126
106
256
642
246
1,554
598
210
624
Entry to hatched marked area
2
4
1
57
25
90
26
4
23
Exceed 100 km/h limi
692
1,170
1,748
6,530
3,074
11,695
2,109
1,852
2,086
Exceed 120 km/h limit
479
218
789
3,459
99
5,045
1,822
553
1,089
Exceed 30 km/h limit
9
12
36
3
12
Exceed 50 km/h limit
2,602
1,759
5,135
14,967
3,551
37,313
16,151
4,577
8,027
Exceed 60 km/h limit
856
1,201
2,955
10,014
1,297
20,379
2,451
2,218
3,597
Exceed 80 km/h limit
468
666
2,120
2,732
1,275
9,149
2,884
867
2,554
Exceed ordinary speed limit (certain vehicles
3
15
12
6
9
6
15
Exceed ordinary speed limit (class of vehicle)
48
108
87
388
168
316
100
97
137
Exceed road works speed limit
Fail to act in accordance with Garda signal
5
Fail to comply with Keep to Right/Left signs
3
Fail to comply with mandatory traffic signs
2
18
48
2
8
Fail to comply with No Entry traffic sign
1
8
2
32
2
2
3
Fail to comply with prohibitory traffic signs
16
18
16
121
3
588
34
8
35
Fail to comply with traffic lane markings
2
1
28
105
1
79
3
5
1
Fail to Deactivate Airbag Child Restraint in use
3
Fail to drive on the left hand side
12
2
24
Fail to obey rules at railway level crossing
2
2
Fail to obey traffic lights
30
30
173
1,188
54
3,359
457
87
453
Fail to stop before stop sign/stop line
6
14
36
48
21
98
30
15
30
Fail to stop for Garda
4
5
7
35
21
95
26
7
2
Fail to turn left onto a roundabout
1
Fail to yield right of way
2
2
4
16
6
52
4
2
2
Fail to yield right of way at sign/line
3
3
20
3
26
3
9
General speed obligation - stop visible distance
3
3
9
8
Learner driver unaccompaniedby a qualified driver
122
122
330
1,134
72
1,868
274
172
316
Motorcycle Tyre with Depth Less than 1mm - User
2
2
No cert of road worthiness user
5
5
5
80
5
90
35
5
15
No insurance - (user)
95
380
640
1,690
660
5,630
1,005
465
845
No safety belt - driver
4
Non-Display of L Plate (Learner Driver)
82
82
66
376
34
800
192
52
190
Non-Display of N plate (Novice driver)
8
22
30
42
28
58
42
8
10
Non-Display of yellow 'L' tabard on motorcycle
2
2
34
30
12
Non-Display of yellow 'N' tabard on motorcycle
6
2
Offence relating to Overtaking
11
27
9
264
63
193
142
35
33
Parking a vehicle in a dangerous position
3
21
27
6
Proceeding beyond a traffic lane control sign
2
Proceeding beyond max design gross vehicle weight sign
1
Proceeding beyond max vehicle axle loading weight sign
1
Reduced to Driving without reasonable consideration
8
48
44
24
92
Speed limit device not in use
Speeding Buses no standing passengers
3
Speeding Combination of vehicles
6
6
30
15
12
3
6
Speeding Ordinary Vehicles > 3500
Striking bridge with vehicle
3
Tyre with Cut - User
2
4
Tyre with Depth Less than 1.6 mm - User
2
6
30
24
4
6
4
4
2
Tyre with Lump/Bulge/Tear/Partial Failure - User
2
2
2
2
Tyre with Ply/Cord Exposed - User
4
8
12
8
8
2
Unsuitable Tyre - User
6
2
4
Unsuitable Tyre due to degree of inflation - User
2
Use vehicle without NCT certificate
261
422
362
2,498
290
5,329
877
297
1,103
Using vehicle without authorisation plate goods vehicle/trailer
U-Turn on dual carriageway/central reserve/traffic
2
4
6
TOTAL
7,242
8,231
18,835
59,340
13,457
118,566
39,286
15,128
25,868

table cont.



Offences Type Kilkenny Laois Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
22-35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath
27
54
9
57
27
18
51
48
30
33
50-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
6
9
3
6
3
67-107mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine
3
6
6
3
6
3
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M1 Vehicle
226
550
69
923
99
151
285
267
202
477
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M2 Vehicle
6
3
3
3
6
3
21
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M3 Vehicle
3
3
3
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N1 Vehicle
26
162
15
167
61
38
62
35
15
97
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N2 Vehicle
9
30
6
33
6
18
15
18
6
29
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N3 Vehicle
15
17
6
36
15
18
15
35
59
41
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Left front wheel
2
24
6
8
2
4
4
4
4
10
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Left rear wheel
6
6
4
8
8
4
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Right front wheel
12
10
24
2
4
14
12
4
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Right rear wheel
2
8
2
6
12
Breach of duties on occurrence of an accident
20
10
5
60
15
5
15
30
15
Breach of motorway outside lane driving rule
1
1
2
2
Careless Driving
35
35
5
95
25
35
5
60
50
30
Contravention of requirements at junctions
Contravention of requirements for reversing
Contravention of rules for use of mini roundabouts
3
1
Cross continuous white line/broken white line
45
78
18
127
38
54
137
132
96
62
Crossing 'No Entry' sign
1
Dangerous Driving Reduced to Careless Driving
20
25
20
110
15
115
15
55
60
15
Drive against flow of traffic on motorway
2
Drive on hard shoulder/non carriageway - motorway
2
4
2
5
1
Driver (Owner) Exceeding Maximum Load
4
3
Driver (Owner) Exceeding Maximum Weight
1
1
Driver Exceeding Design Gross Vehicle Weight
1
1
Driver Exceeding Maximum Weight
1
2
1
5
Driver Fail ensure Passenger U/17 wear Safety Belt
18
75
9
119
14
24
59
21
15
54
Driver Fail Restrain Child O/3 in Child Restraint
9
72
6
144
21
14
30
59
22
30
Driver Fail Restrain Child U/3 in Child Restraint
6
26
60
12
11
30
23
17
17
Driver Owner Exceeding Design Gross Vehicle Weight
Driver Owner Transmits greater Load than Max Load Permitted
2
Driving a vehicle while holding a mobile phone
1,550
2,294
401
4,923
594
1,211
2,053
2,442
1,247
1,182
Driving along/across median strip
16
4
4
2
8
2
8
8
2
6
Driving dangerously defective vehicle
5
5
5
Driving on/across cycle track
Driving on/across footway
1
Driving past a red light. Contrary to sec 35(5)RTA 1994
3
3
9
6
3
Driving without reasonable consideration
144
214
34
334
96
146
202
228
88
152
Entry to hatched marked area
3
1
6
5
10
5
27
28
5
Exceed 100 km/h limi
1,103
886
574
2,209
615
1,092
2,211
2,340
1,488
709
Exceed 120 km/h limit
744
468
82
1,031
156
470
399
883
113
336
Exceed 30 km/h limit
9
57
71
110
35
6
Exceed 50 km/h limit
3,324
2,712
1,313
5,815
1,561
2,937
5,761
5,585
1,747
3,077
Exceed 60 km/h limit
1,609
1,085
275
3,307
436
1,858
2,664
3,003
1,390
686
Exceed 80 km/h limit
830
720
208
1,874
558
879
1,548
2,537
420
1,406
Exceed ordinary speed limit (certain vehicles
3
3
6
6
9
3
Exceed ordinary speed limit (class of vehicle)
134
89
20
126
20
117
109
97
112
81
Exceed road works speed limit
Fail to act in accordance with Garda signal
1
Fail to comply with Keep to Right/Left signs
1
Fail to comply with mandatory traffic signs
8
6
Fail to comply with No Entry traffic sign
1
2
1
8
3
4
1
1
Fail to comply with prohibitory traffic signs
3
7
2
42
2
17
6
30
7
3
Fail to comply with traffic lane markings
1
57
1
4
3
9
4
Fail to Deactivate Airbag Child Restraint in use
Fail to drive on the left hand side
2
2
2
Fail to obey rules at railway level crossing
Fail to obey traffic lights
75
35
12
309
65
165
89
256
54
68
Fail to stop before stop sign/stop line
9
14
3
39
8
14
6
32
15
14
Fail to stop for Garda
10
4
2
21
12
12
4
7
Fail to turn left onto a roundabout
Fail to yield right of way
2
4
6
4
6
2
4
2
2
Fail to yield right of way at sign/line
3
3
9
3
General speed obligation - stop visible distance
6
3
Learner driver unaccompaniedby a qualified driver
204
174
10
236
54
102
136
194
46
160
Motorcycle Tyre with Depth Less than 1mm - User
No cert of road worthiness user
5
10
5
35
10
20
15
10
5
10
No insurance - (user)
160
405
70
895
330
375
185
960
260
425
No safety belt - driver
Non-Display of L Plate (Learner Driver)
64
94
2
128
68
40
62
86
20
90
Non-Display of N plate (Novice driver)
16
6
28
6
4
30
14
34
32
Non-Display of yellow 'L' tabard on motorcycle
6
8
6
2
8
Non-Display of yellow 'N' tabard on motorcycle
Offence relating to Overtaking
32
15
9
64
12
6
48
48
29
25
Parking a vehicle in a dangerous position
9
3
6
18
3
Proceeding beyond a traffic lane control sign
Proceeding beyond max design gross vehicle weight sign
1
Proceeding beyond max vehicle axle loading weight sign
Reduced to Driving without reasonable consideration
44
8
88
8
12
20
4
8
Speed limit device not in use
3
Speeding Buses no standing passengers
Speeding Combination of vehicles
3
3
6
6
6
9
3
Speeding Ordinary Vehicles > 3500
3
Striking bridge with vehicle
Tyre with Cut - User
2
4
Tyre with Depth Less than 1.6 mm - User
2
18
14
4
10
4
4
Tyre with Lump/Bulge/Tear/Partial Failure - User
2
2
Tyre with Ply/Cord Exposed - User
4
6
4
2
10
2
4
Unsuitable Tyre - User
2
Unsuitable Tyre due to degree of inflation - User
Use vehicle without NCT certificate
378
638
41
738
196
468
208
1,103
212
543
Using vehicle without authorisation plate goods vehicle/trailer
3
3
U-Turn on dual carriageway/central reserve/traffic
2
TOTAL
10,993
11,181
3,254
24,388
5,188
10,576
16,590
20,933
7,972
10,001

Table cont'd

Offences Type Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow Foreign Unknown Total
22-35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath
24
21
75
24
39
60
33
189
1,599
50-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
6
3
6
9
21
156
67-107mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine
3
3
6
6
21
156
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M1 Vehicle
226
122
315
291
260
1,133
313
1,484
20
13,098
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M2 Vehicle
12
3
6
3
6
6
27
167
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M3 Vehicle
6
3
3
3
12
50
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N1 Vehicle
122
36
72
47
71
168
155
281
2,833
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N2 Vehicle
6
6
36
21
6
25
15
134
736
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N3 Vehicle
23
12
31
3
15
36
39
369
1,210
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Left front wheel
12
4
10
8
18
6
42
390
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Left rear wheel
8
2
12
2
6
4
4
12
170
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Right front wheel
2
12
14
20
10
32
2
40
414
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Right rear wheel
4
8
6
8
2
12
210
Breach of duties on occurrence of an accident
5
10
50
15
15
10
10
25
10
990
Breach of motorway outside lane driving rule
1
3
7
3
26
Careless Driving
30
10
100
20
25
40
20
60
5
1,945
Contravention of requirements at junctions
1
1
2
Contravention of requirements for reversing
1
Contravention of rules for use of mini roundabouts
1
2
13
Cross continuous white line/broken white line
42
26
130
54
44
61
59
392
10
3,225
Crossing 'No Entry' sign
2
8
Dangerous Driving Reduced to Careless Driving
35
50
135
60
15
130
60
125
185
2,230
Drive against flow of traffic on motorway
2
2
6
2
4
36
Drive on hard shoulder/non carriageway - motorway
3
2
1
2
1
8
56
Driver (Owner) Exceeding Maximum Load
1
12
Driver (Owner) Exceeding Maximum Weight
3
Driver Exceeding Design Gross Vehicle Weight
2
1
11
Driver Exceeding Maximum Weight
1
1
20
Driver Fail ensure Passenger U/17 wear Safety Belt
28
20
67
20
32
131
33
162
1,650
Driver Fail Restrain Child O/3 in Child Restraint
21
18
49
15
46
69
23
200
1,743
Driver Fail Restrain Child U/3 in Child Restraint
16
3
31
3
26
21
5
103
5
814
Driver Owner Exceeding Design Gross Vehicle Weight
1
2
Driver Owner Transmits greater Load than Max Load Permitted
1
1
4
Driving a vehicle while holding a mobile phone
1,230
914
2,528
1,336
1,418
2,855
1,572
6,879
125
74,977
Driving along/across median strip
10
8
8
2
16
16
30
276
Driving dangerously defective vehicle
20
10
5
5
5
100
Driving on/across cycle track
1
5
Driving on/across footway
3
3
7
26
Driving past a red light. Contrary to sec 35(5)RTA 1994
3
3
5
6
3
3
44
445
Driving without reasonable consideration
134
78
268
280
198
188
166
1,142
40
8,494
Entry to hatched marked area
3
5
5
9
4
8
9
58
3
426
Exceed 100 km/h limi
1,020
1,445
1,547
1,367
1,233
2,262
1,956
11,707
245
66,965
Exceed 120 km/h limit
298
48
1,329
706
522
687
734
4,341
155
27,055
Exceed 30 km/h limit
3
3
9
63
438
Exceed 50 km/h limit
3,830
2,368
5,740
2,922
2,336
6,577
3,101
16,437
35
171,260
Exceed 60 km/h limit
1,270
924
2,478
1,842
679
4,587
4,274
9,848
50
87,233
Exceed 80 km/h limit
678
389
2,868
661
1,288
2,073
1,798
6,199
30
49,679
Exceed ordinary speed limit (certain vehicles
6
3
9
3
45
162
Exceed ordinary speed limit (class of vehicle)
42
56
100
80
45
227
67
729
10
3,710
Exceed road works speed limit
3
3
Fail to act in accordance with Garda signal
6
12
Fail to comply with Keep to Right/Left signs
1
5
Fail to comply with mandatory traffic signs
2
6
4
6
10
120
Fail to comply with No Entry traffic sign
3
2
6
4
5
91
Fail to comply with prohibitory traffic signs
7
8
12
2
5
32
15
77
1,116
Fail to comply with traffic lane markings
2
8
3
115
5
43
480
Fail to Deactivate Airbag Child Restraint in use
3
6
Fail to drive on the left hand side
2
4
50
Fail to obey rules at railway level crossing
2
6
Fail to obey traffic lights
27
87
157
113
118
170
244
891
8,766
Fail to stop before stop sign/stop line
15
18
18
9
73
15
57
657
Fail to stop for Garda
5
7
5
4
9
10
314
Fail to turn left onto a roundabout
1
Fail to yield right of way
10
6
4
2
12
156
Fail to yield right of way at sign/line
3
6
3
9
3
6
115
General speed obligation - stop visible distance
3
8
6
49
Learner driver unaccompaniedby a qualified driver
42
62
188
238
106
604
230
36
7,232
Motorcycle Tyre with Depth Less than 1mm - User
4
No cert of road worthiness user
10
5
20
10
10
5
25
25
480
No insurance - (user)
230
155
465
320
600
695
270
990
110
19,310
No safety belt - driver
4
Non-Display of L Plate (Learner Driver)
28
14
86
98
90
314
130
12
3,300
Non-Display of N plate (Novice driver)
18
12
12
18
12
36
10
4
540
Non-Display of yellow 'L' tabard on motorcycle
4
4
2
4
24
4
152
Non-Display of yellow 'N' tabard on motorcycle
8
Offence relating to Overtaking
24
24
66
21
18
37
81
264
10
1,610
Parking a vehicle in a dangerous position
3
3
6
108
Proceeding beyond a traffic lane control sign
2
Proceeding beyond max design gross vehicle weight sign
1
3
Proceeding beyond max vehicle axle loading weightsign
1
Reduced to Driving without reasonable consideration
52
52
4
8
12
536
Speed limit device not in use
3
Speeding Buses no standing passengers
3
Speeding Combination of vehicles
3
12
6
3
12
20
24
194
Speeding Ordinary Vehicles > 3500
3
3
9
Striking bridge with vehicle
3
Tyre with Cut - User
12
Tyre with Depth Less than 1.6 mm - User
6
2
12
4
8
18
188
Tyre with Lump/Bulge/Tear/Partial Failure - User
2
14
Tyre with Ply/Cord Exposed - User
14
2
4
6
18
118
Unsuitable Tyre - User
4
2
20
Unsuitable Tyre due to degree of inflation - User
2
Use vehicle without NCT certificate
224
183
556
472
455
735
702
1,500
5
20,796
Using vehicle without authorisation plate goods vehicle/trailer
6
U-Turn on dual carriageway/central reserve/traffic
14
4
32
TOTAL
9,798
7,185
19,732
11,252
9,839
24,333
16,310
65,312
1,078
591,868

Penalty Points System Data

 538. Deputy Noel Grealish Information on Noel Grealish Zoom on Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the speeding offences for which penalty points were issued in the past year, for example, those who were issued points for speeding up to 5 kph above the speed limit, 6 to10 kph above the limit, 11 to15 kph above the limit and 16 kph and over above the speed limit, respectively, by the speed limit in operation in the locations in which the offences occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42568/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The speeding details requested by the Deputy are not provided to my Department by An Garda Siochana. The speeding offences details for penalty points provided to my Department and recorded on the National Vehicle and Driver File, NVDF, are as follows:

Number of Penalty Point Speeding Offences recorded on the NVDF.  
Penalty Point Speed Offences Number of Offences
Exceed 100 km/h limit 21,617
Exceed 120 km/h limit 8,802
Exceed 30 km/h limit 142
Exceed 50 km/h limit 55,246
Exceed 60 km/h limit 28,055
Exceed 80 km/h limit 16,087
Exceed ordinary speed limit (certain vehicles) 54
Exceed ordinary speed limit (class of vehicle) 1,196
Exceed road works speed limit 1
General speed obligation - stop visible distance 15
Speeding Buses no standing passengers 1
Speeding Combination of vehicles 64
Speeding Ordinary Vehicles >3500 3
TOTAL 131,283

Penalty Points System Data

 539. Deputy Noel Grealish Information on Noel Grealish Zoom on Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the number of drivers with live penalty points in the past year, by the number of penalty points accumulated and county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42569/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The following table provides the details requested by the Deputy of the number of drivers with live penalty points in the past year (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017) broken down by number of penalty points and county.

Breakdown of Drivers by Number of Penalty Points and County recorded on the NVDF between 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017:

County
Number of Drivers
TOTAL
 
1 P.P.
2 P.P.
3 P.P.
4 P.P.
5 P.P.
6 P.P.
7 P.P.
8 P.P.
9 P.P.
10 P.P.
11 P.P.
12 P.P.
CARLOW
17
103
1,807
29
140
90
3
13
6
5
1
2,214
CAVAN
19
121
1,923
29
244
100
4
19
6
2
1
2,468
CLARE
36
259
4,528
52
427
308
3
22
16
13
2
1
5,667
CORK
235
819
14,185
186
1,629
748
18
60
46
33
7
8
17,974
DONEGAL
28
167
3,336
21
361
160
3
16
6
1
2
4,101
DUBLIN
601
1,487
26,741
356
4,202
1,465
32
154
93
85
8
22
35,246
GALWAY
48
386
9,629
83
836
672
7
37
43
21
5
3
11,770
KERRY
14
177
3,824
43
352
180
3
15
8
1
1
3
4,621
KILDARE
49
442
6,280
49
646
350
5
20
11
13
1
9
7,875
KILKENNY
13
162
2,776
38
228
148
4
7
6
1
3,383
LAOIS
18
183
2,725
34
217
177
3
11
16
2
2
3
3,391
LEITRIM
4
23
872
3
46
51
5
1,004
LIMERICK
86
265
5,596
72
 811
326
6
27
17
18
2
5
7,231
LONGFORD
9
66
1,183
17
 157
76
3
9
7
2
1
1,530
LOUTH
29
123
2,574
12
336
100
1
12
5
4
3
2
3,201
MAYO
16
170
4,477
21
185
250
1
9
14
4
2
2
5,151
MEATH
60
208
5,147
32
575
257
2
26
8
12
4
1
6,332
MONAGHAN
31
70
1,975
16
173
128
1
9
5
2
2
1
2,413
OFFALY
11
146
2,411
35
233
140
2
16
12
7
3,013
ROSCOMMON
9
107
2,458
7
172
186
1
13
7
1
1
2,962
SLIGO
14
69
1,861
9
122
109
7
5
3
1
2,200
TIPPERARY
27
191
4,895
55
519
241
5
13
13
8
1
2
5,970
WATERFORD
12
255
2,770
40
253
132
3
8
3
6
2
3,484
WESTMEATH
10
172
2,327
18
283
114
2
18
8
9
1
2,962
WEXFORD
123
396
5,917
88
470
376
11
37
14
10
6
7,448
WICKLOW
31
188
4,169
30
335
201
1
19
12
3
4
4
4,997
FOREIGN LICENCE HOLDERS
192
595
18,660
42
538
690
4
38
51
4
2
8
20,824
UNKNOWN
2
13
204
219
Total
1,742
7,350
145,048
1,430
14,694
7,775
128
 640
438
269
48
89
179,651

Penalty Points System Data

 540. Deputy Noel Grealish Information on Noel Grealish Zoom on Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the number of drivers disqualified from driving, by category of driver (details supplied), having reached the number of penalty points required for automatic disqualification; the offences which resulted in them attracting those points; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42570/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The following tabular statements provide the details requested by the Deputy.

  Table 1: This table provides the number of drivers currently disqualified broken down by driving licence type:

Driver Details Number of Drivers
Full 459
Learner Permit 136
Novice Driver 157
No Driver Number 56
Total 808
  

Table 2: This table provides the driving licence type broken down by penalty point offence:
Penalty Point Offence Full Learner Permit Novice Driver No Driver Number
22-35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath 9      
50-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood 1      
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M1 Vehicle 72 20 12 7
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M2 Vehicle 1      
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N1 Vehicle 16      
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N2 Vehicle 1     1
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N3 Vehicle 3     1
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Left front wheel 2 1 3  
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Left rear wheel 1   5  
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Right front wheel 4 1 3  
Bald/Not maintained/cause damage tyre-Right rear wheel 1   1  
Breach of duties on occurrence of an accident 4 1    
Careless Driving contrary to section 52(1) 5   1  
Cross continuous white line/broken white line 10 7 1 4
Dangerous Driving Reduced to Careless riving 7   3  
Drive on hard shoulder/non carriageway - motorway   3    
Driver Fail ensure Passenger U/17 wear Safety Belt 10 3 1 2
Driver Fail Restrain Child O/3 in Child Restraint 16 8 3  
Driver Fail Restrain Child U/3 in Child Restraint 9 4 2 2
Driving a vehicle while holding a mobile phone 221 7 21 18
Driving dangerously defective vehicle 2      
Driving past a red light. Contrary to sec 35(5)RTA 1994 3     1
Driving without reasonable consideration 25 11 14 3
Entry to hatched marked area 5 1    
Exceed 100 km/h limit 141 30 30 17
Exceed 120 km/h limit 68 12 10 14
Exceed 30 km/h limit   1    
Exceed 50 km/h limit 251 50 42 26
Exceed 50 mph (Dublin)   1    
Exceed 60 km/h limit 170 36 20 18
Exceed 80 km/h limit 90 27 14 14
Exceed ordinary speed limit (class of vehicle) 8     2
Fail to act in accordance with Garda signal 1      
Fail to comply with Keep to Right/Left signs     1  
Fail to comply with mandatory traffic signs 1 1 1  
Fail to comply with No Entry traffic sign 1      
Fail to comply with prohibitory traffic signs 6 5 1 1
Fail to comply with traffic lane markings 2 1    
Fail to obey traffic lights 33 16 7 3
Fail to stop before stop sign/stop line 3 1 1  
Fail to stop for Garda 4   1  
Fail to yield right of way 1      
Fail to yield right of way at sign/line   1    
Learner driver unaccompanied by a qualified driver 10 45 86 3
Motorcycle Tyre with Depth Less than 1mm - User 1      
No cert of road worthiness user   3    
No child restraint rear seat - child   3    
No insurance - (user) 45 33 33 2
No safety belt - driver 3 20 1  
No safety belt front seat - child   1    
No safety belt rear seat - child   1    
Non-Display of L Plate (Learner Driver) 6 39 63 1
Non-Display of N plate (Novice driver) 2   9  
Non-Display of yellow 'L' tabard on motorcycle 2      
Offence relating to Overtaking 10 1 4 1
Speeding 2 1    
Tyre with Depth Less than 1.6 mm - User   1 2  
Tyre with Ply/Cord Exposed - User 1      
Use vehicle without NCT certificate 73 37 18 9

Greenways Development

 541. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if his Department has received correspondence from Donegal County Council regarding proposals to develop a dedicated greenway route on the former rail line linking Letterkenny to Burtonport; the progress that has been made to develop this proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42579/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross Donegal County Council, DCC, submitted a proposal to my Department for the construction of a greenway from Letterkenny to Burtonport under the National Cycle Netork 2014-2016 funding programme. However, the Council was not successful in securing funding at that time.  I understand that since then DCC have progressed a section of the route with the support of local groups and DCC would be best placed to update the Deputy on the current status of the route.

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that Donegal is benefitting from a number of cross-border greenways that are being funded by my Department, the Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland) and the EU. Lifford, Muff and Buncrana will all benefit from these INTERREG VA projects. 

The Deputy may be aware that my Department recently undertook a public consultation process to inform the development of a new Greenways Strategy.  My officials are currently reviewing the many submissions received from both citizens and stakeholders including one received from Donegal County Council.  My Department is aiming to have the new Strategy completed by the end of the year. Following completion, it is expected that a new round of funding for greenway infrastructure will be announced..

Driver Test Regulations

 542. Deputy Martin Heydon Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the appeal mechanisms available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has failed their driving test on a number of occasions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42580/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The current appeals process, involving a hearing in the District Court, is set out in Section 33(5) of the Road Traffic Act 1961.  

  The legislation refers to an appeal following a decision under Section 33(4) of the Act, which in turn is a decision on granting or refusing a certificate of competence after a test. 

  For further clarity, Section 33(5) refers to challenges as to whether the test was, "properly conducted".

Taxi Licences Renewals

 543. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan Information on Jim O'Callaghan Zoom on Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross if the situation will be remedied with regard to the renewal of taxi licences in circumstances in which when a taxi licence is renewed it is done only by reference to the applicant’s driver’s licence and therefore does not capture criminal convictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42613/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The regulation of the small public service vehicle, SPSV, industry, including the renewal of taxi licences, is a matter for the National Transport Authority, NTA, under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.

  I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to the Deputy. Please advise my private office if the Deputy does not receive a response within ten working days.

Public Transport Data

 544. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the absentee rate in Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus across all divisions, for example, drivers, management, administration and mechanics for each month of the past two years, in tabular form. [42616/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross The issues raised are matters for Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus, and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the Companies for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if the Deputy does not receive a response within ten working days.

  The deferred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.

Greenways Development

 545. Deputy Darragh O'Brien Information on Darragh O'Brien Zoom on Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross when his Department will complete the strategy for the future development of greenways; when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42646/17]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross As the Deputy will be aware, my Department undertook a public consultation process during the Summer to inform the development of a new Greenway Strategy.  Many submissions were received from both citizens and stakeholders expressing strong support for the development of the Strategy.  My officials are currently reviewing the submissions and are meeting with other Government Departments and Agencies with a role in this area.

My Department is aiming to have work on the Strategy completed by the end of the year. It will be published in due course, following its completion..

Sports Capital Programme Applications

 546. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin Information on Fiona O'Loughlin Zoom on Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the status of an application (details supplied) for a sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42654/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on 24 February, and I can confirm that a relevant application has been submitted.  By the closing date, a record number of 2,320 applications seeking €155 million in grants were received.  Accordingly, the allocation of grants will be particularly challenging.

All of the 2,320 applications received are currently being assessed by officials in my Department.  I expect to be in a position to make an announcement regarding allocations in the coming weeks..

Sports Capital Programme Applications

 547. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin Information on Fiona O'Loughlin Zoom on Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Shane P.N. Ross Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42655/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on 24 February, and I can confirm that a relevant application has been submitted.  By the closing date, a record number of 2,320 applications seeking €155 million in grants were received.  Accordingly, the allocation of grants will be particularly challenging.

All of the 2,320 applications received are currently being assessed by officials in my Department.  I expect to be in a position to make an announcement regarding allocations in the coming weeks..


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