THE LIMERICK Leader has learned that the Garda Traffic Corps in Limerick only has two motorbikes available to them, which is further evidence of the cuts to garda resources.
They previously had six but this has dwindled to just two in recent months to cover the whole of the county. It is understood that the majority of the bikes went over the set mileage limit and have not been replaced.
The Limerick Leader asked the Garda Press Office how can Gardai in the Traffic Corps do their job to the best of their ability with just two bikes?
They said they “do not discuss operational matters”.
Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Mary Harty said it’s a further reduction of services at a time “when our statistics are improving in County Limerick regarding road accidents and traffic offences”.
There are 10 road deaths in County Limerick to date this year which is down on 2010.
“This would seem to be a very retrograde step. Motorbikes taken off the road and not replacing them doesn’t send a very good signal out to those who are likely to offend. They are an essential service to keep the rest of us in check.
“A lot of these things are a consequence of the economic downturn in which we find ourselves but some of these services will have to be maintained to an effective standard because two bikes for the Traffic Corps to cover the whole of the county is most ineffective,” said Cllr Harty.
Cllr Liam Galvin, chairman of the joint policing committee meeting, said he is aware of stations that are inadequately resourced for cars and bikes as well.
“It’s a national issue. If we don’t have proper visibility on the streets with cars, bikes and on foot patrol it’s a sad day for the country. I would be hoping that any superintendent or sergeant in their own districts that if they were tight for resources they would make it known to their public representatives. We will then make their case known to the minister,” said Cllr Galvin.