Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (701, 702)

Pat Carey

Question:

820 Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to the availability for sale to the public of devices which are marketed as countering the effect of scanners and laser devices used to detect vehicles driven at speeds which breach the statutory limits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1636/04]

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Pat Carey

Question:

821 Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to the availability for sale to the public of devices which are marketed as countering the effect of scanners and laser devices used to detect vehicles driven at speeds which breach the statutory limits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1644/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 820 and 821 together.

The Road Traffic (Speed Meter Detectors) Regulations 1991 prohibit the importation, supply, offering to supply, fitting, offering to fit and use of speed meter detector devices in vehicles. The regulations define a speed meter detector as any device which is capable of being used to indicate the existence of, or to frustrate the operation of, electronic or other apparatus being used to give indications from which the speed at which a person was driving can be inferred. It is an offence under the Road Traffic Acts to contravene any of the prohibitions specified in the Road Traffic (Speed Meter Detectors) Regulations 1991. Enforcement of the regulations is a matter for the Garda Síochána.