Wednesday, 10 March 2004

Ceisteanna (139)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

206 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, further to Parliamentary Question No. 372 of 2 March 2004 concerning speed fines, if these details are held on a computerised database; and if so, the reason the details initially requested are not readily available. [7993/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that details concerning the detection of speeding offences and the payment of fixed charges in respect of such detections are not currently held on a computerised database by the Garda Síochána. The penalty points system is currently operating on a semi-manual basis and, as I stated on 2 March last, I am informed that the compilation of the information requested by the Deputy would involve a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources which could not be justified in the circumstances.