Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Questions (85)

Thomas P. Broughan


85. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the improvements of the Road Safety Authority for the processing of court information on drivers disqualified in court; the average length of time for the national vehicle drivers’ file to be updated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39751/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Insofar as the Road Safety Authority is concerned, this is an operational matter, and I have referred it to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.

Primarily this programme will automate the current manual process for sending notification of driver disqualifications by the Court Services. Automation of this process will reduce the time taken to update my Department's National Vehicle Driver File (NVDF) with details of driver disqualifications and will ensure accurate and current records on the status of a driver on the NVDF. This reduction in time will reduce the risk of disqualified drivers obtaining licences because the National Driver Licencing Service (NDLS) were unaware of a disqualification. It will also help reduce any errors due to manual updating of disqualification notifications and driver records.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A