Thursday, 14 January 2021

Questions (163)

Mark Ward

Question:

163. Deputy Mark Ward asked the Minister for Justice if there is an increase in cars being seized by An Garda Síochána due to lack of tax renewals. [2019/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible by law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including operational matters such as the seizure of cars.  As Minister, I have no role in this matter.

However, I am informed by the Garda authorities that the total number of vehicles detained by An Garda Síochána for no tax under Section 41(c) of the Road Traffic Act 1994 decreased by 11% in 2020 in comparison with the number of vehicles detained in 2019. 

I am further informed that the monthly breakdown of figures is shown in the table below: 

Cars Seized