Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (187)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

190 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank in the Traffic Corps stationed at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 9; the number of marked and unmarked traffic cars, jeeps, motorbikes allocated to the unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34230/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 31 May 2012, the latest date for which figures are readily available, the personnel strength of the Traffic Corps in the Dublin Metropolitan Region North was 20. The Garda Traffic Corps is a Divisional Unit and not a Station Unit.

The information in relation to the number of marked and unmarked traffic cars, jeeps, motorbikes allocated to DMR North Traffic Unit is as shown in the following table:

Cars

Motorbikes

4x4

Total

Marked

Unmarked

Marked

Marked

1

2

4

2

9

While Garda vehicles may be designated as Traffic Corps vehicles by reason of their livery, all Garda vehicles are required to engage in traffic policing as part of their routine duties. Similarly, Traffic Corps vehicles are also engaged in policing duties rather than being exclusively reserved for traffic duties.

The allocation of Garda vehicles is monitored and reviewed on a continual basis. The responsibility for the efficient deployment of all official Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between Stations as required by operational circumstances.