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Fines Administration

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (328)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

328. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of drivers that availed of the third payment option and paid a fixed charge notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone per Garda division in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53718/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, which includes operational decisions relating to road traffic matters.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the table below sets out the number of instances, by Garda division, in which a Fixed Charge Notice (FCN) was issued for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone and the FCN was not paid.

2018

2019

2020

2021

Cavan/Monaghan

62

59

41

-

Clare

60

37

45

-

Cork City

107

83

61

18

Cork North

58

70

53

-

Cork West

38

42

35

-

D.M.R. Eastern

69

54

37

-

D.M.R. North Central

34

31

33

-

D.M.R. Northern

52

73

47

-

D.M.R. South Central

68

73

46

-

D.M.R. Southern

75

50

40

-

D.M.R. Western

100

89

84

-

Donegal

31

47

40

-

Galway Div

202

133

112

11

Kerry

71

71

52

16

Kildare Div

87

67

95

12

Kilkenny/Carlow

100

66

81

21

Laois/Offaly

83

65

58

15

Limerick

178

144

55

-

Louth Div

35

26

56

-

Mayo

52

82

57

-

Meath Div

41

34

68

-

Roscommon/Longford Div

39

31

23

-

Sligo/Leitrim

48

46

-

-

Tipperary

43

49

58

-

Waterford Div

79

50

61

31

Westmeath Div

24

24

29

11

Wexford Div

98

92

97

17

Wicklow Div

59

56

42

10

Total

1993

1744

1515

206

The above figures are based on incidents which occurred from 01 January 2018 to 31 October 2021, inclusive. All information contained in this report is based upon operational data from the fixed charge processing system as was available on 3 November 2021 and is liable to change.

Court proceedings are initiated where a fine is not paid within the required timeframe. A third payment option is available where the fine can be paid up to a number of days before the court date. The fine will be double the original fine.

The figures provided include all cases where a fine of €120 was paid (double the original fine amount of €60).

Figures for groups with less than 10 records have not been included.

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