The Garda Commissioner has confirmed that bereaved families will no longer be charged for abstracts of Garda reports, copies of witness statements and sketches or maps of the scene in respect of fatal collisions.
Up to now families had to pay €60 for the Garda Abstract report and €40 of each copy of a witness statement which in some instances could amount to thousands of euro.
The Donegal based Road Safety Organisation PARC has been campaigning since 2008 to have what they termed this unjust, insensitive and financial burden lifted from the shoulders of grieving families.
Chairperson Susan Grey says this is a significant breakthrough........
Garda Commissioner's statement -
|Garda - Road Traffic Collision Documentation|
An Garda Síochána wish to announce, following representations made to the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, that fees for documentation in relation to fatal and serious injury road traffic collisions have been reviewed.
Following on from this review and from the 1st January 2017 the following policy will be introduced within An Garda Síochána.
• The introduction of a waiver of fees by An Garda Síochána in relation to collisions where a fatality has occurred.
• In cases of collisions resulting in a serious injury, fees to be capped at a cost of €1000.
• The standardisation of fees (in respect of non serious injury and material damage collisions).
• In cases where the investigation is on-going, criminal proceedings are contemplated or initiated, or an inquest has not been completed by the Coroner, an amended abstract report form, containing "appropriate information" as per Section 106(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 as amended will be supplied free of charge.