Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (831)

Michael McGrath


831. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the master licence record will be set up and running; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31435/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Master Licence Record (MLR) is an internal Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) system which associates driver and vehicle records on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF).

The first phase of the project went live in October 2017. This phase established the MLR and populated the system by matching details of vehicle owners against details of driving licence holders stored in the NVDF. Approximately 18% of active private vehicle owner records were successfully matched in this phase. An updated version of the MLR is provided to An Garda Síochána on a weekly basis.

The next phase of the MLR project will go live later this summer. With this latest release, the MLR now includes over 30% of active private vehicle owner records.

Future phases of the MLR are planned but will require changes to primary and secondary legislation.