Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Questions (591)

Patrick Costello


591. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Justice if it is Garda policy to leave the engines of Garda vehicles running while at checkpoints; if the effects of the emissions of these vehicles on the occupational health of members of An Garda Síochána, the health of the public, the cost of fuel to the State and the damage to the environment are assessed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5797/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is by law responsible for the management of An Garda Síochána, including operational matters and the deployment of resources.  As Minister, I have no role in these matters. 

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the safety of the public and Garda members is paramount and that engines are normally idling at scenes of collisions or at checkpoints to ensure emergency beacons are fully illuminated. The power supply is required for mobility technology and lighting to ensure that the vehicle is in a position to respond to any emergency incident.  

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the use of emergency beacons are essential to provide advanced warning to motorists on approach to checkpoints and enhances the safety of Garda members operating checkpoints or at scenes of a Road Traffic Accident. 

Emissions of vehicles are considered at tender stage by Garda Fleet Management. As part of the Office of Government Procurement (OGP)’s evaluation during the tendering process, vehicle emissions are considered and form a part of the overall award criteria.

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that the cost of fuel to the State is shown in the following table:


Total Fuel purchased 2020 (litres)

Av cost per litre

Total cost