Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Questions (572)

Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

572. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice if he will provide details on the accuracy of the equipment used for speeding checks; the frequency of gardaí pulling over the wrong car for speeding; the way this information is collected and reported; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39556/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of the Garda organisation. As Minister, I have no role in those matters.

Road traffic legislation is enforced as part of the day-to-day duties of all members of An Garda Síochána, as well as through specific enforcement operations. However, I understand that the Commissioner established the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau to ensure a consistent approach to road safety and enforcement of road traffic legislation across the country. This is achieved through coordination of enforcement and development of policy based on research and analysis of statistics and by engaging in campaigns in partnership with other State agencies.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that all speed detection equipment used by An Garda Síochána complies with International Standards with regard to accuracy in relation to speed. The devices used by An Garda Síochána must meet International Standards with regard to the identification of the offending vehicle.

In relation to non-intercept detections by members of An Garda Síochána, An Garda Síochána will only record cases where a fixed charge notice or a subsequent prosecution is initiated. A Fixed Charge Notice can be initiated by use of a note pad, a handheld device or one of the new Garda Mobility Devices.