Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (516)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

516. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 129 of 7 February 2013, of the 31 patrol vehicles allocated to the Tipperary division if he will provide a breakdown by district of the number of these cars that are operated by the traffic corps within their division; the number that are used solely for patrol purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10139/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Decisions in relation to the provision and deployment of Garda transport are matters for the Garda Commissioner. Responsibility for the efficient deployment of official Garda vehicles in each Division is assigned to the Divisional Officer, who may allocate vehicles between stations, as required by operational circumstances.

In that context, I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are currently 31 patrol vehicles allocated to the Tipperary Division. Of these vehicles 3 are currently assigned to the Traffic Corps, 2 of which are attached to the Thurles Garda District and 1 to the Cahir Garda District . The current breakdown of vehicles by District is provided in the following table:

District

Patrol vehicles

Cahir

8

Clonmel

5

Nenagh

4

Templemore

5

Thurles

8

Tipperary

1

Total

31

It should be noted that whilst 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.