Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Road Traffic Offences
799. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 383 of 28 May 2019, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that, on 18 April 2019, a person (details supplied) was reported as saying that gardaí will be issuing fixed-charge notices on the roadside as part of the Garda ACTIVE mobility strategy; if legislation will be needed in this instance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23454/19]
Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) are issued by the Fixed Charge Processing Office (FCPO) in Thurles. It is my understanding that the Assistant Commissioner was referring to an application, currently under trial, which allows a Garda member at the roadside to send electronically a notification to the FCPO to issue an FCN to an offender. The delivery of the FCN to that offender will continue in the usual manner, i.e. by post.
The new application will therefore increase efficiency in the current system for issuing FCNs. This is a matter of internal Garda process and does not require a change in legislation.