Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Transport Provision

Photo of Jim O'CallaghanJim O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay South, Fianna Fail)
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337. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new vehicles purchased by An Garda Síochána in 2019 and to date in 2020; the number of vehicles that have been sold and-or retired from duty during the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10830/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána.  Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions.  As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.

Significant capital investment is being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million specifically for the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet and that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime. 

Of this investment, a total of €9 million was made available for purchase and fit-out of additional Garda vehicles in 2020.  I am also informed that in order to protect the ongoing availability of vehicles and in anticipation of the impact of public health restrictions on motor factory or fit-out workplaces, 94 additional vehicles were purchased by the Garda authorities in March 2020 at a cost of €2.4m and fit-out costs of €600,000.  The allocation of these and all other vehicles in the fleet is entirely a matter for the Commissioner and his management team.  

I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 31 May 2020, there were 2,928 vehicles attached to the Garda Fleet, including vehicles attached to national units.  I understand that this compares to a total of 2,794 vehicles as of end December 2019. 

The following tables, furnished to me by the Garda authorities,  set out the number of vehicles allocated to and removed from the Garda Fleet in 2019 and 2020. 

Garda fleet 2019 Cars Vans Motorbikes 4 x 4 *Others Total
Allocated 281 42 0 11 8 342
Removed  255 32 13 9 4 313
Garda fleet 2020 Cars Vans Motorbikes 4 x 4 *Others Total
Allocated (January-31 May) 217 14 0 1 1 233
Removed 

(January-31 May) 
83 13 1 0 2 99
* The category 'others' refers to MPV, SUV, Minibus or Prisoner Conveyance Vehicles

As is standard, the Garda authorities indicate that allocations to the fleet may include vehicles which were  purchased in the previous year, but in relation to which the technical fit-out process was not completed until the following year.

Finally and for clarity, it may be noted that these figures do not include the additional 210 vehicles which have been hired by An Garda Síochána this year, to provide additional capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Photo of Jim O'CallaghanJim O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay South, Fianna Fail)
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338. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of vehicles added to the DMR roads policing division fleet in 2019 and to date in 2020; the number of vehicles that have been sold and-or retired from duty from the fleet during the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10831/20]

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána.  Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions.  As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.

Significant capital investment is being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million specifically for the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021.  This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet and that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime. 

Of this investment, a total of €9 million was made available for purchase and fit-out of additional Garda vehicles in 2020.  I am also informed that in order to protect the ongoing availability of vehicles and in anticipation of the impact of public health restrictions on motor factory or fit-out workplaces, 94 additional vehicles were purchased by the Garda authorities in March 2020 at a cost of €2.4m and fit-out costs of €600,000.  The allocation of these and all other vehicles in the fleet is entirely a matter for the Commissioner and his management team.  

I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 31 May 2020, there were 2,928 vehicles attached to the Garda Fleet.  I understand that this compares to a total of 2,794 vehicles as of end December 2019. 

The following table, furnished to me by the Garda authorities, set out the number of vehicles allocated to and removed from roads policing duty in the Dublin Metropolitan Region in 2019 and 2020.

DMR roads policing duty 2019 Cars Vans Motorbikes 4X4 *Others Total
Allocations 3 0 0 0 0 3
Removals 1 0 2 1 0 4
DMR roads policing duty 2020 (to 4 June) Cars Vans Motorbikes 4X4 *Others Total
Allocations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Removals 0 0 3 0 0 3
*The category 'others' refers to MPV, SUV, Minibus or Prisoner Conveyance Vehicles

As is standard, the Garda authorities indicate that allocations to the fleet may include vehicles which were  purchased in the previous year, but in relation to which the technical fit-out process was not completed until the following year.

Finally and for clarity, it may be noted that these figures do not include the additional 210 vehicles which have been hired by An Garda Síochána this year, to provide additional capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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