Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
808. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the measures in place to allow authorities pursue parking fines issued here for cars registered in the UK; the way in which it will change post-Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18864/20]
I am informed by An Garda Síochána that the majority of parking fines are issued and pursued by individual local authorities who may have separate and individual processes in place with the UK authorities, particularly in Northern Ireland. As the Deputy will be aware, local authorities fall within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that parking fines issued by members of An Garda Síochána for vehicles registered in the UK are processed and pursued in a similar manner as in this jurisdiction and in accordance with Part 3 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 as amended. Any change to this process will be dependent on future agreements. The Deputy will appreciate that road traffic legislation falls within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Transport.
At present, I understand that, in the case of intercept detections where the driver of the vehicle is identified at the time of detection, a Fixed Charge Notice will issue to the driver at his/her address in Northern Ireland/UK. This provides the motorist with the opportunity of dealing with the matter without recourse to the courts. If the Fixed Charge Notice remains unpaid, a summons will issue for service and may be sent by registered post.
In cases where the driver is not identified at the time of detection, enquiries must be conducted with the relevant authorities to identify the owner of the vehicle within the UK. On foot of the receipt of this information, a Fixed Charge Notice can issue to the registered owner of the vehicle at the address provided. This provides the motorist with the opportunity to deal with the matter by payment of a monetary fine. In the event of non-payment, a summons is produced for service on the individual. Summonses are sent to the address available in Northern Ireland/UK by registered post.