Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (687)

Jerry Cowley

Question:

808 Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for Transport if his Department has plans to impose penalty points on those drivers who persist to park in disabled drivers allocated parking spaces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1154/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The Government road safety strategy 1998-2002 recommended that a system of penalty points should be introduced with the specific focus of tracking a range of motoring offences that have a direct impact on road safety. The Road Traffic Act 2002, which provides the legislative basis for the penalty points system, reflects that focus, and the 69 offences identified as penalty point offences are directly related to road safety. The only offence relating to parking included in the list is the offence of dangerous parking as such activity has a direct influence on road safety. While I have no plans to extend the penalty points system to other offences at this time, I will keep the system under review.