Minister Urged To Make 'Alcolocks' Compulsary

Calls have been made for all public service vehicles to be fitted with ‘alcolocks’.

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar is being urged to make the devices, which immobilise an engine if a driver is over the drink-driving limit, compulsory.

At a seminar on the devices in Dublin this week delegates will be told that alcolocks are mandatory on school vehicles in Finland.

The units test a driver’s breath for alcohol, in a method similar to that carried out by gardaí.

The Minister said last month that the Government is “considering the possibility of using alcohol interlock and intelligent speed assistance systems, as well as new awareness courses, in order to tackle repeat offenders”.

One coach hire company, which was the first in Ireland to install the devices on its entire fleet, says the Minister should now make them mandatory “in all public service vehicles”.

“We want them fitted before something bad happens. The public in Ireland should have the safest possible mode of transport,” said Paddy Matthews, managing director of Matthews Coach Hire.


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