Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Ceisteanna (171)

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

238 Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of vehicles currently being used by the Garda with a breakdown of the figures; if he will provide similar figures for the past five years; the number of these vehicles that have fixed blue lights and so on; the number that have sirens that can be used in emergencies; and the reason some vehicles have neither. [6414/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number and type of vehicles currently available for use by members of An Garda Síochána are as follows:

Cars

Vans

Bikes

4×4’s

M/Buses

Lorries

Total

1639

245

209

92

56

6

2247

The Garda Fleet is currently undergoing a major investment programme and an expansion in specific areas which will target organised crime, public order and traffic in particular. The total spend for 2006 on the purchase of 1,378 new vehicles to upgrade the fleet was €27.45 million resulting in the renewal of over half of the entire Garda fleet in just a single year. Further investment is planned for this year including the purchase of additional motorbikes which will make a significant contribution to traffic law enforcement.

The more detailed information sought by the Deputy has been requested from the Garda Authorities and I will revert directly to the Deputy when it is to hand.