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PPS access for gardaí is reviewed
29 Mar 2015 15:03
Unprecedented garda access to the PPS numbers of more than two million road users is being considered by a special Government taskforce, according to documents seen by RTÉ's This Week.
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Other measures examined by the multi-agency group include the exchange of PPS numbers between private vehicle buyers and sellers.
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Also being reviewed is the linking of car-owners' PPS numbers for each new vehicle registration.
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Social security numbers being used to block people with unpaid fines from selling or buying cars or from renewing a licence is also being assessed.
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The proposals are contained in the official minutes of meetings of the Criminal Justice Working Group.
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The group was set up to consider changes to road traffic crime enforcement, in the aftermath of the penalty points controversy.
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The prospect of giving gardaí widespread access to PPS numbers was first raised last April.
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The proposal was tabled at a meeting of the taskforce, which is jointly chaired by the Departments of Transport and Justice, as revealed under a Freedom of Information request by RTÉ.
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The minutes of that meeting state: "Access by An Garda Síochána to PPS numbers would be helpful in identifying offending drivers."
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It said: "An Garda Síochána currently does not have access but further enquiries should be made … in order that penalty points are imposed for all relevant convictions,
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the outcome of the Group's deliberations should be to ensure that all information held by the State in relation to a vehicle's ownership should be shared across the system."
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