Tuesday, 18 October 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
637. Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when the computerisation of the penalty points system will be completely operational and fully integrated with the national driver file, the PULSE system and the courts service records. [28616/05]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): The fixed charge processing system is operational in Dublin, Cork city and parts of Louth and Meath. The FCPS is currently integrated with the national driver file and with the Courts Service system. Integration with PULSE is planned to go live in April next.
The system will be extended nationwide in respect of existing penalty point offences in conjunction with the commencement of an outsourced fixed charge payment collection service. Subject to finalisation of contract negotiations between the Department and the preferred service provider, rollout will commence later this year.
In addition, it is proposed to roll out additional penalty point offences under regulations under the Road Traffic Act 2002 which will be prepared by the Department of Transport in consultation with my Department.
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