Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2402)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

2402. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of drivers that received a ban from driving; and the number of drivers that surrendered their licences in each of the past three years in tabular form. [32718/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The table listed below provides the details requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of drivers that received a ban from driving; and the number of drivers that surrendered their licences in each of the past three years in tabular form.

This table provides the number of distinct drivers disqualified through courts and automatic penalty point disqualifications by year based on court disqualification start date & penalty point disqualification notice date.

2016(Number of Drivers)

2017(Number of Drivers)

2018(Number of Drivers)

2019(Number of Drivers)

Total Disqualified

9,408

10,715

10,966

8,090

Number of Licences Surrendered

1,577

2,090

1,647

744

The following points below should also be taken into account when using the data in the table above in replying to PQ;

1. The parameters used to extract data from the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF), for this PQ reply was based on the Notification date i.e. the date the disqualification was recorded on the NVDF by the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS).

2. The data recorded on the NVDF for Drivers with Court Disqualifications is provided here only and there may be some additional Court Disqualifications that have been awarded to Drivers and have not yet have been recorded on the NVDF by the NDLS.

3. Disqualifications issued by the Courts in e.g. December of 2017 will appear in the Court Disqualification data for 2017 but may be part of the NVDF disqualification data for 2018 due to the process for adding Court disqualifications to the NVDF by the NDLS in 2018.

4. DVCSD Customer Service receives requests to amend/remove disqualifications from driver records. Therefore, the disqualification data for a period can change over time i.e. figures provided in previous reports for the same period requested here may differ from the figures provided now. It should be clear that the figures provided here are snapshot of the NVDF database on the date of the extraction of the data.

5. The number of drivers in the report are counted as distinct i.e. the driver record is counted once only where the driver may have more than one disqualification.