Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
Question 520: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to amend the law in relation to private security firms to bring companies who clamp cars both on private and on public property under its ambit and to ensure that they adhere to the highest standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9593/12]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
The matter raised by the Deputy is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar T.D. However, to be of assistance, I have been advised that while current legislation permits local authorities to clamp vehicles in public places, either directly or by contract with a clamping company, there is no legislation covering clamping on private property. In line with the commitment in the Programme for Government to regulate the vehicle clamping industry, Minister Varadkar has presented a discussion document to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht, outlining the issues involved in regulating the industry, his proposals on the shape of appropriate legislation and inviting their views. I understand that when the Committee’s views have been received, Minister Varadkar anticipates that appropriate legislation will be brought before the Oireachtas.