May 14, 2024
Failure to provide legal standing for successful road safety technology farcical – Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport and Communications Martin Kenny TD has commented on reports surrounding the installation of so-called red-light cameras.  The cameras have previously been piloted in Dublin and assist Gardaí with identifying those breaking red lights and driving in bus lanes by reading vehicle registration plates.

Speaking today, Teachta Kenny said:

“This technology was first trialed in 2015 – yet here we are, almost a decade later without the legislation to allow for the rollout of a nationwide system to detect people who are driving dangerously. 

“At a time when fatalities on our roads are higher than ever, this government is failing to invest and plan for technology that could assist Gardaí in identifying drivers who are a danger to vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

“Minister Ryan recently said that it would be late 2024 or early 2025 before these new cameras are in place.

“We now have confirmation from an NTA briefing document that they will only be deployed in one or two areas because there is no legal basis for a widespread system – despite the success of the pilot scheme almost 10 years ago.

“It is an absolute farce that this government have failed to provide a legal basis for a pilot scheme that was so successful – after having ten years to do so.”

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