Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (779)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

779. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of convictions for each fixed-charge motoring offence in the past three years; and the number of licences on which penalty points were recorded in each of the past three years in tabular form. [32720/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, and this includes the provision of information on the courts system.

I have requested information from the Courts Service in relation to the number of convictions for each fixed charge motoring offence in the past three years and the Courts Service has stated that it is not in a position to provide the data requested by the Deputy.  The Courts Service states that a large number of offences can attract fixed charge penalty notices and has indicated that identifying the number of convictions for each one over the past three years would involve a disproportionate amount of time and work.

The second part of the question is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.