Ross needs to take action on Traffic Corps as figures fall to less than half 2007 figures - Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has called on Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD, to prioritise the resourcing of the Garda Traffic Corps, commenting that the Traffic Corps personnel numbers are currently just over half what they were ten years ago.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Munster criticised the Minister for failing to deliver on targets for 2016 and 2017, where year on year increases of 10% failed to materialise.
Minister Ross indicated that 70 new members joined the Traffic Corps so far this year, and he indicated that an additional 80 members would be joining the Traffic Corps later in 2018.
Deputy Munster said:
“The Traffic Corps has been slashed in the past decade. Numbers have gone from a high of around 1200 to just 636 in March this year. This is despite promises increase personnel numbers by 10% year on year.
“Ministers Ross and Flanagan did not deliver on these commitments.
“Two road traffic bills have been before the Dáil since Minister Ross took office. It is pointless to enact new legislation if there is not sufficient enforcement on the ground.
“This week it was reported that the Gardaí intend to take funding earmarked for motorcycles for the Traffic Corps and put it into a rebranding exercise in the wake of the breath-test scandal.
"This is further evidence of poor resourcing and seriously questionable priorities in an Garda Síochána.
“I have called on Minister Ross to ensure that the Traffic Corps is prioritised for funding to ensure that our roads are safe. Minister Ross needs to take this seriously and do his job.”