Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Ceisteanna (655)

Jonathan O'Brien

Ceist:

661 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces who have access to a State car and driver; and their ranks. [41063/11]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Defence)

The control, administration and maintenance of military vehicles, including saloons, are regulated by General Routine Order 43/1955, Defence Force Regulation (DFR) Q10, Unit Commanders Handbook on Control, Administration and Maintenance of Transport, and Drivers Standing Orders. A number of saloons are assigned to units of the Defence Forces for a variety of activities including Military Police, Intelligence, Medical and Procurement. One saloon is assigned to the office of the Chief of Staff. The remainder are pooled at formation levels for general service use by all members of the Defence Forces.

Vehicles are assigned to tasks using the most suitable vehicle for the required purpose, with qualified personnel detailed to drive the assigned vehicle. The saloon is the most cost effective vehicle in the Defence Forces' fleet where four or less personnel are required to travel in a non-operational role.

DFR Q10, Paragraph 11, legislates for the requisitioning of vehicles and Paragraph 12 deals with the supply of vehicles on requisition. Transport requisitions are submitted to the relevant transport unit at least 24 hours in advance, and vehicles and drivers are assigned in accordance with operational/administrative requirements.