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Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 390.  Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the number of learner drivers since 2009 that have received a caution to date for failing to display L plates and or for driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver; the number of learner drivers in the same period that have received several cautions for these offences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24164/12]

 392.  Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he will report on the recent operation learner driver; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24169/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I propose to take Questions Nos. 390 and 392 together.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána under Operation Learner Driver conducted two specific enforcement operations, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority and other relevant stakeholders, targeting learner drivers in March and April this year.

The following table provides a combined breakdown of offences detected during these operations (in some cases both offences were committed by the same driver):

[449]Number of Learner Drivers Driving Unaccompanied and orWithout L-plates Detected under Operation Learner Driver

Number of Learner Drivers Checked Unaccompanied No L-plates Caution Proceedings commenced*
2,200 946 660 949 279

*This figure is the number of proceedings commenced to 10 May 2012 and is provisional, operational and liable to change.

I am further informed that statistical information relating to the overall number of cautions issued to learner permit drivers for failing to display L-plates and for driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver since 2009 is not readily available and would necessitate the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of Garda time and resources to compile.

 391.  Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the number of learner drivers that have been summoned to court for failing to display L plates and or being unaccompanied by a qualified driver since 2009; the number of learner drivers that have been convicted in court of this offence; the average fine imposed on learner drivers by the court after being convicted of this offence; if any drivers have received the maximum €1,000 fine in court for this offence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24165/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Deputy will be aware that, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service and I have no role in the matter. Section 4(3) of the 1998 Act provides that the Courts Service is independent in the performance of its functions, which includes the provision of statistics.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the information sought by the Deputy is as set out in the table below:

Provisional Learner Driver Failing to Display “L” Plates on a vehicle

Year Summonsed Convicted Average fine Maximum Fine
2009 2,625 410 €142.37 No
2010 2,966 503 €132.80 No
2011 2,718 634 €133.50 No

Provisional Learner Driver Unaccompanied by a Qualified Driver

Year Summonsed Convicted Average fine Maximum Fine
2009 2,751 446 €150.38 No
2010 3,447 718 €156.41 No
2011 3,150 854 €149.70 No

Question No. 392 answered with Question No. 390.


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