Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (384)

Noel Grealish

Question:

384. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the speeding offences for which penalty points were issued in the past year by different speed limits (details supplied) including the speed limit in operation in the locations in which the offences occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53561/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The speeding location and the vehicle speed detected, requested by the Deputy, are not provided to my Department by An Garda Síochána.   The current legislation does not distinguish between the degree to which offenders are in excess of the legal limit and therefore it is not relevant to the issue of penalty points.  That is why I am proposing to bring in a fairer, more proportionate system which will distinguish between those who may be only slightly in excess of the relevant speed limit and those who are driving well in excess of the maximum legal limit applying.  I thank the Deputy for helping to highlight why this reforming legislation is necessary and desirable and I look forward to his support for it.

The speeding offence details for the penalty points provided to my Department; and recorded on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF), are as follows:

Penalty Point Speeding Offences

Number of Offences

Exceed 30 km/h limit                                                                                

                  348

Exceed 50 km/h limit                                                                               

               38,060

Exceed 60 km/h limit                                                                                

               19,367

Exceed 80 km/h limit                                                                               

               14,255

Exceed 100 km/h limit                                                                               

               19,944

Exceed 120 km/h limit                                                                              

               12,787

Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (50 Kmh/Road)                                                         

                       5

Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (60 Kmh/Motorway)                                                    

                 5,187

Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (60 Kmh/Road)                                                         

                 3,441

Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (80 Kmh/Motorway)                                                    

                      12

Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (80 Kmh/Road)                                                         

                      7

Exceed ordinary speed limit (class of vehicle)                                                     

                     815

Speeding Combination of vehicles                                                                    

                    157

Exceed ordinary speed limit (certain vehicles)                                                     

                      70

Speeding Ordinary Vehicles >3500 kgs                                                                 

                       5

Total

              114,460