Written Answers. - Enforcement of Roads Related Legislation.


asked the Minister for Justice whether he has received the report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Enforcement of Roads Related Legislation, in particular, with reference to the on-the-spot fines system; whether that committee have recommended changes in the system of collection of these fines; if wheel clamps have been recommended for use in these cases; whether the committee have made other suggestions to improve the enforcement of this type of legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I have not received a report produced directly by the Inter-Departmental Committee on the enforcement of Roads Related Legislation. However, two reports prepared by working groups established by this committee have been received by my Department. One of those reports deals with the "fines-onthe-spot system" and the other with wheel clamps.

In relation to the "fines-on-the-spot" system, the working group have made a series of recommendations aimed at improving the collection of fixed penalties imposed in respect of "fines-on-thespot notices". Work is now well underway in my Department on the implementation of a number of these recommendations.

The report of the working group on wheel clamp did not recommend their use at this stage as a means of enforcing parking regulations.