Thursday 18 January 2018

Mobile speed traps go live in December


MOTORISTS who have spotted an independent Gatso van around the Wexford area in the last fortnight need not fear getting a speeding penalty in the post.

For the privately contracted vans, which have been seen at Ferrycarrig and on the N25 in the last two weeks, are not in full commission – yet.

Sgt Mick Walsh, who heads up the Wexford Garda Traffic Corps, confirmed that some privately contracted Gatso vans have been sighted around the region since the start of November; however, it will be December before drivers will need to worry about them.

' They haven't started yet. Those private vans will not be fully operational until the middle of next month. There will be no speeding fines issued from them. They are just testing at the moment,' he said.

However, motorists clocked speeding by the Gatso van owned by the Wexford Garda division won't be as lucky.

Wexford gardaí have one Gatso van of their own which has been fully operational for the last two weeks.

'We use the Gatso vans in locales where we consider there is a danger or threat. It's only used where there have been a high level of accidents because of speeding,' said Sgt Walsh.

He added that the Garda van is ' highly visible'.

'If anyone can't see it, they shouldn't be driving,' he said.

Meanwhile, the Garda website crashed early this week as thousands of people tried to log on to see what roads will be targeted. When it came back online, it showed stretches of affected roads from the Wicklow border down to Rosslare Harbour.

Sections of the N11 and N25 around Wexford town are among the areas highlighted, as well as many other minor roads.

Sections of the N80 towards Bunclody, and a stretch of the N30 out of Enniscorthy are also on the radar, as are stretches of the R720 at Wexford and the R733 on both sides of Clonard. Full details are available at

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