Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Road Traffic Offences
Question 281: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if gardaí have the ability to check the number of points on a licence while at a road check point; the number of drivers who have 12 points on their licence; the amount of disqualified licences handed in to the gardaí; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7522/09]
I am informed by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána are notified by the Department of Transport when a person has accumulated twelve penalty points on his/her driving licence and has been disqualified from driving. This information is then recorded on the PULSE system for the information of all members of An Garda Síochána in the enforcement of the relevant provisions of road traffic and transport legislation and is available to members of An Garda Síochána carrying out roadside checks. I am also informed that a person, having accumulated twelve penalty points, is required to surrender his/her driving licence to the licensing authority which granted it and not to An Garda Síochána. Information in relation to the number of drivers with twelve penalty points endorsed on their licence record is the responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Transport.