Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2410)

Marc MacSharry

Ceist:

2410. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason legislation will be needed in order to introduce the national vehicle and driver file; and when the legislation will be introduced. [32986/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

My Department is responsible for maintaining records in relation to vehicle licences, trade licences, trailers and driving licences/learner permits, referred to collectively as the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF), under Section 60 of the Finance Act 1993 (as amended).

Perhaps the Deputy is referring to the Master Licence Record (MLR) project. The MLR is an internal Department system for associating driver and vehicle records on the NVDF.

The necessary legislative amendments to allow completion of the MLR project are included in the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2019. In particular this includes the power to collect a PPSN and driver number at key points in the system. While some elements of this Bill have been referred for consideration in Cabinet Committee, most of the Bill, including the MLR provisions, have been cleared for drafting and a drafter has been appointed.