Dáil Éireann - Volume 688 - 09 July, 2009
Written Answers. - Motor Vehicle Registration.
Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Deputy Thomas P. Broughan
Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport if he will publish the report into the presence of Irish and foreign registered car write-offs on roads here; the number of car write-offs that have been found of roads here; the contacts he has had with the Revenue Commissioners as regards information on the number of car write-offs on roads here; if he will reform the national vehicle driver file to address the problem of car write-offs; if he will consider a compulsory reporting system for car write-offs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29816/09]
Deputy Noel Dempsey Deputy Noel Dempsey
Deputy Noel Dempsey: As I indicated in replies to previous similar questions, voluntary arrangements with insurers have been put in place whereby my Department receives regular notifications of write-off instances. This arrangement commenced in June 2008 and since then some 27,200 vehicle write-offs have been notified and the relevant records on the NVDF, which contains data on some 2.5 million vehicles, have been updated with this information. Once recorded on the NVDF further activity in respect of these vehicles, including renewal of motor tax, is not permissible. These voluntary arrangements are operating satisfactorily and I have no plans to make them statutorily compulsory.
Provision of write-off data in relation to foreign registered vehicles at the time of registration is a matter for the Revenue Commissioners. Both the NVDF and the Revenue computer systems are being adjusted so that information available in relation to previously written off vehicles can be automatically transmitted from Revenue to the NVDF.
Dáil Éireann 688 Written Answers. Motor Vehicle Registration.