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Road Traffic Accidents

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 September 2020

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Questions (626, 627)

Thomas Gould

Question:

626. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Justice the number of road traffic collisions involving cars driven by underaged, uninsured or provisionally licensed drivers, respectively from 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form. [24776/20]

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Thomas Gould

Question:

627. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Justice the number of serious or fatal road traffic collisions involving cars driven by underaged, uninsured or provisionally licensed drivers respectively, from 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form. [24777/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 626 and 627 together.

I have requested information from An Garda Síochána on the matter requested by the Deputy and will write directly to the Deputy when it is received.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 51
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the Garda Síochána Analyst Service (GSAS) have examined all Fatal, Serious and Non-Serious Road Traffic Collisions for the period from 1 January 2010 to 18 September 2020. I am further advised that motor vehicles in Ireland are divided into different categories for different licensing purposes and different age limits apply depending on the license category required. The license category entitlements of each driver or motorcyclist is not information that is readily examinable and would involve a manual trawl through our Pulse records. As a result, GSAS have used a cut-off of the age limit for each under-age driver of 17 years.
For your information the attached table at Appendix 1, as provided to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the number of road traffic collisions involving provisionally licensed drivers/motorcyclists, uninsured drivers/motorcyclists and underage drivers/motorcyclists from 2010 to 18 September 2020.
The table attached at Appendix 2, as provided to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the number of fatal or serious injury collisions involving provisionally licensed drivers/motorcyclists, uninsured drivers/motorcyclists and underage drivers/motorcyclists from 2010 to 18 September 2020.
Appendix 1
The number of Road traffic collisions involving provisionally licensed drivers/motorcyclists, uninsured drivers/motorcyclists and underage drivers/motorcyclists from 2010 to 18 September 2020

Category

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Provisionally Licensed Drivers

467

442

496

384

461

536

523

441

435

352

184

Uninsured Drivers

241

231

231

194

416

407

525

491

505

463

232

Underage Drivers

30

20

24

18

21

20

25

18

26

26

20

*All figures provided are provisional, operational and subject to change.
Details for both Drivers and Motorcyclists are included.
Provisionally Licensed Drivers include both Learner Accompanied and Learner Unaccompanied Drivers.
Appendix 2
The number of fatal or serious injury collisions involving provisionally licenced drivers/motorcyclists, uninsured drivers/motorcyclists and underage drivers/motorcyclists from 2010 to 18 September 2020

Category 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Provisionally Licensed Drivers

38

38

36

26

54

51

73

85

87

92

42

Uninsured Drivers

52

44

41

27

83

73

115

119

148

159

70

Underage Drivers

3

4

4

2

5

1

4

7

12

13

6

* All figures provided are provisional, operational and subject to change.
Details for both Drivers and Motorcyclists are included.
Provisionally Licensed Drivers include both Learner Accompanied and Learner Unaccompanied Drivers.
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