Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2409)

Marc MacSharry


2409. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason legislation will be needed in order to introduce the motor third party liability database; and when the legislation will be introduced. [32985/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The development of the Motor Third Party Liability (MTPL) database is a project involving my Department, the Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland, the motor insurance sector, and An Garda Síochána.

Section 78A of the Road Traffic Act 1961 provides the legislative basis on which the MTPL database is being built. During the development process it has become clear that amendments will be needed to this section to ensure that it covers the capture of the full spectrum of data required to make the database fit for purpose.

The necessary legislation will be included in the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2019. This Bill was cleared for formal drafting last December, subject to two issues being further considered in Cabinet Committee. The amendment of section 78A is not one of those issues and, as such, is one of the matters already referred to Parliamentary Counsel for drafting.

The drafting of the Bill has been delayed, as priority for drafting resources has inevitably been given during this year to matters of immediate relevance to Brexit. However, it is my intention to publish the Bill in Quarter 4 of 2019 and to progress it through the Oireachtas as quickly as possible.