Over 10% of city garda vehicles at least 10 years old

Over 10% of city garda vehicles at least 10 years old

The majority of vehicles in the Cork garda fleet are between two and six years old.

MORE than a tenth of garda vehicles in Cork city are over ten years old.

That is according to information released by the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan.

The most recent figures, for February 18, showed that there were 131 garda vehicles in the Cork city division on that date.

15 of those (11.45%) were at least a decade old.

The majority of vehicles in the fleet are between two and six years old.

Eight of the vehicles in the Cork city fleet are less than a year old, while 13 more are between one and two years old.

There are three 4X4 vehicles and they are all attached to Anglesea Street district. There are eight motorcycles. Seven of those are attached to Anglesea Street while one is attached to Mayfield. There are 92 cars, with 57 of those for the city centre.

The figures were sought by Cork North Central's Fianna Fail Deputy Billy Kelleher.

Minister Flanagan told Deputy Kelleher: "In relation to Garda vehicles, €46 million has been provided by the Government for investment in the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021, in addition to the investment of almost €30 million in the period 2013 to 2015. 

"This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet and that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime. And I am pleased to confirm that a capital allocation of €10 million is available to An Garda Síochána for the purchase of Garda vehicles in 2019."

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