Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (642)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

642. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 501 of 8 December 2020, the number of drivers summoned to court for driving without a licence, per district court in 2018, 2019 and up to 31 July 2020; the number convicted per district court in each year; and the fines imposed per district court in each year. [7031/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1961, as amended by section 12 of the Road Traffic Act 2006, creates the offence of ‘Driving without a Driving Licence’. The penalty for this offence is, upon summary conviction, a fine not exceeding €1,000, and in any other case, a fine not exceeding €2,000.

I am further informed that section 38 (5) of the Road Traffic Act 1961, as amended by Section 12 of the Road Traffic Act 2006, provides an increased penalty in respect of a person who is summarily convicted of the offence of Driving without a Driving Licence and was, at the time he or she committed the offence, disqualified for holding a driving licence, namely a fine not exceeding €5,000, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both.

The following table, provided by the Courts Service, shows the number of drivers summoned to court for driving without a licence, per district court, for 2018 and 2019. 2020 figures are for the period from January – July 2020.

Please note that the Courts can only provide data in relation to where offence codes provided on the system were used by prosecutors. Prosecutors may have used uncoded free text offences and any such offences would not be included in the data provided.

Jan – Dec 2018

Court Area

No. of Persons before the court

No. of Persons convicted

No. of Persons where fines were imposed

ACAILL

1

ARKLOW

88

15

15

ATHLONE

141

35

22

BALLINASLOE

94

17

17

BANTRY

37

13

9

BRAY

279

39

37

CAVAN

229

11

8

DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT

5,383

1,079

1,033

ENNIS

369

103

103

FERMOY

152

19

12

KENMARE

21

9

9

KILKENNY

235

89

84

KILLARNEY

104

38

34

LIMERICK

961

275

273

MACROOM

103

36

28

MANORHAMILTON

13

6

4

MEATH

652

81

75

MONAGHAN

91

4

4

NEWCASTLE WEST

203

54

54

ROSCOMMON

82

16

14

WEXFORD

280

66

52

YOUGHAL

43

11

8

ARDEE

56

3

3

ATHY

80

25

22

BALLINA

61

15

15

BANDON

95

34

23

BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD

8

1

1

BALLAGHADERREEN

21

4

2

BALLYSHANNON

33

3

2

BUNCRANA

62

4

2

CAHIRCIVEEN

15

2

2

CARLOW

218

55

52

CASHEL

133

20

17

CASTLEBAR

114

21

20

CLIFDEN

16

4

4

CLONMEL

99

24

15

CLONAKILTY

51

16

13

CORK CITY

943

337

273

CARRICK ON SHANNON

73

9

8

CARRICKMACROSS

115

4

4

CARNDONAGH

26

4

3

CARRICK ON SUIR

39

13

9

CASTLEREA

23

7

7

AN DAINGEAN

5

4

4

DUNGARVAN

83

12

11

DONEGAL

21

6

2

DROGHEDA

223

15

13

DOIRE AN FHEICH

24

7

4

DUNDALK

220

16

14

AN CLOCHAN LIATH

23

3

2

AN FAL CARRACH

18

1

GALWAY

410

114

71

NA GLEANNTA

12

6

2

GORT

57

13

12

GOREY

227

42

32

KILLALOE

39

10

9

KILCOCK

112

30

28

KILLORGLIN

7

1

1

KILRUSH

58

17

17

LETTERKENNY

215

50

23

LISMORE

17

4

4

LISTOWEL

84

30

27

LONGFORD

207

47

39

LOUGHREA

85

21

19

MALLOW

243

36

23

MIDLETON

182

27

11

MULLINGAR

219

43

33

NAAS

536

83

80

NENAGH

158

11

11

PORTLAOISE

535

91

88

SKIBBEREEN

19

4

3

SLIGO

128

14

11

STROKESTOWN

21

5

3

THURLES

137

21

19

TIPPERARY

76

10

9

TRALEE

191

54

41

TUAM

112

30

26

TUBBERCURRY

48

6

5

TULLAMORE

307

68

65

VIRGINIA

167

14

14

WICKLOW

141

23

23

WESTPORT

13

5

5

WATERFORD CITY

390

18

16

Total

17,612

3,633

3,212

Jan – Dec 2019

Court Area

No. of Persons before the court

No. of Persons convicted

No. of Persons where fines were imposed

ACAILL

4

4

4

ARKLOW

87

15

15

ATHLONE

130

29

25

BALLINASLOE

104

23

13

BANTRY

43

6

3

BRAY

264

44

43

CAVAN

200

4

4

DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT

5,819

1,138

1,068

ENNIS

296

39

37

FERMOY

156

28

18

KENMARE

9

3

3

KILKENNY

263

68

55

KILLARNEY

77

29

16

LIMERICK

940

284

280

MACROOM

94

15

5

MANORHAMILTON

15

1

1

MEATH

580

98

94

MONAGHAN

104

7

4

NEWCASTLE WEST

226

62

61

ROSCOMMON

75

15

11

TRIM

1

WEXFORD

328

46

43

YOUGHAL

42

15

6

ARDEE

84

8

7

ATHY

88

17

13

BALLINA

54

11

11

BANDON

81

28

13

BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD

9

2

2

BALLAGHADERREEN

27

8

5

BALLINAMORE

1

BALLYSHANNON

44

4

4

BUNCRANA

34

2

1

CAHIRCIVEEN

14

4

3

CARLOW

189

57

49

CASHEL

179

36

27

CASTLEBAR

166

41

40

CLIFDEN

13

2

1

CLONMEL

103

25

16

CLONAKILTY

48

14

5

CORK CITY

1,038

401

327

CARRICK ON SHANNON

96

11

10

CARRICKMACROSS

129

4

4

CARNDONAGH

34

1

CARRICK ON SUIR

35

8

6

CASTLEREA

32

10

10

AN DAINGEAN

20

4

4

DUNGARVAN

81

9

4

DONEGAL

19

1

1

DROGHEDA

295

27

25

DOIRE AN FHEICH

24

9

7

DUNDALK

300

29

27

AN CLOCHAN LIATH

24

2

1

EDENDERRY

1

AN FAL CARRACH

8

3

GALWAY

288

77

53

NA GLEANNTA

6

1

GORT

74

28

28

GOREY

286

29

27

KILLALOE

33

7

7

KILCOCK

96

14

12

KILLORGLIN

8

3

3

KILRUSH

36

5

4

LETTERKENNY

185

24

9

LISMORE

22

4

LISTOWEL

57

11

9

LONGFORD

261

57

51

LOUGHREA

111

27

25

MALLOW

233

45

14

MIDLETON

212

38

16

MULLINGAR

217

39

28

NAAS

785

124

112

NENAGH

146

15

15

PORTLAOISE

510

85

82

SKIBBEREEN

12

4

2

SLIGO

139

11

11

STROKESTOWN

24

4

3

THURLES

139

13

12

TIPPERARY

88

8

8

TRALEE

218

65

52

TUAM

99

23

13

TUBBERCURRY

39

3

3

TULLAMORE

328

53

49

VIRGINIA

143

5

5

WICKLOW

148

16

16

WESTPORT

17

5

5

WATERFORD CITY

477

26

23

Total

18,564

3,620

3,129

Jan – 31 July 2020

Court Area

No. of Persons before the court

No. of Persons convicted

No. of Persons where fines were imposed

ACAILL

1

ARKLOW

49

8

8

ATHLONE

76

8

8

BALLINASLOE

49

20

17

BANTRY

16

BRAY

119

12

12

CAVAN

77

3

1

DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT

1,919

233

211

ENNIS

165

32

32

FERMOY

53

1

1

KENMARE

3

KILKENNY

123

26

25

KILLARNEY

32

10

5

LIMERICK

489

116

116

MACROOM

33

3

2

MANORHAMILTON

4

MEATH

253

35

34

MONAGHAN

28

NEWCASTLE WEST

93

26

26

ROSCOMMON

47

14

14

WEXFORD

171

15

10

YOUGHAL

14

3

1

ARDEE

26

1

1

ATHY

38

2

2

BALLINA

29

2

2

BANDON

28

4

1

BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD

1

BALLAGHADERREEN

9

1

1

BALLYSHANNON

13

BUNCRANA

21

1

CAHIRCIVEEN

9

1

CARLOW

128

26

25

CASHEL

103

15

15

CASTLEBAR

76

23

23

CLIFDEN

11

3

3

CLONMEL

60

12

4

CLONAKILTY

20

2

1

CORK CITY

518

179

146

CARRICK ON SHANNON

20

1

1

CARRICKMACROSS

75

CARNDONAGH

20

2

2

CARRICK ON SUIR

22

5

4

CASTLEREA

16

4

3

AN DAINGEAN

6

2

2

DUNGARVAN

35

1

1

DONEGAL

10

DROGHEDA

93

5

5

DOIRE AN FHEICH

21

8

6

DUNDALK

93

7

6

AN CLOCHAN LIATH

7

2

2

AN FAL CARRACH

4

19

GALWAY

132

30

NA GLEANNTA

6

1

GORT

46

9

9

GOREY

122

12

11

KILLALOE

8

2

2

KILLORGLIN

3

KILRUSH

10

4

4

LETTERKENNY

121

14

5

LISMORE

5

LISTOWEL

36

6

4

LONGFORD

137

34

28

LOUGHREA

61

21

16

MALLOW

79

7

7

MIDLETON

80

7

3

MULLINGAR

89

14

11

NAAS

372

29

22

NENAGH

76

4

4

PORTLAOISE

225

30

29

SKIBBEREEN

9

4

SLIGO

69

3

3

STROKESTOWN

5

3

3

THURLES

55

3

3

TIPPERARY

37

1

1

TRALEE

113

29

15

TUAM

48

18

14

TUBBERCURRY

26

TULLAMORE

135

11

10

VIRGINIA

34

3

3

WICKLOW

85

8

8

WATERFORD CITY

201

6

5

Total

7,751

1,187

1,018