Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (354)

Holly Cairns

Question:

354. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons that have been fined to date on foot of legislation governing the overtaking of pedal cyclists. [12654/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The offences of ‘Dangerous Overtaking / Attempting to Overtake of a Pedal Cyclist and Dangerous Overtaking / Attempting to Overtake other than a Pedal Cyclist’ came into effect on 12 November 2019, with the entry into effect of regulations made by the Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport - namely the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SI 495 of 2019) and the Road Traffic Act 2010 (Part 3) (Fixed Charge Offences) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 (SI 548 of 2019).

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following table sets out the number of Fixed Charge Notices which have been issued under these regulations, as of 22 June 2020.

Offence

FCNs issued as of 22 June 2020

Overtaking/Attempting to Over Take a Pedal Cyclist

15

Overtaking/Attempting to Overtake other than a Pedal Cyclist

20

It is important to note that these figures are provisional, operational and subject to change.

More generally, I note that An Garda Síochána is fully committed to reducing the number and severity of road collisions. I understand that An Garda Síochána is committed to educating road users in their attitudes and behaviour and when necessary, detecting and intercepting dangerous drivers and those who refuse to comply with road traffic laws.