Roads authorities admit drones carrying out surveys of traffic may collect some personal data on motorists but insist it won’t be retained

Senan Hogan

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Senan Hogan

Roads authorities admit drones carrying out surveys of traffic may collect personal data on motorists

File Photo of a Drone in flight

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is conducting Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone surveys on a stretch of dual carriageway on the Wexford / Kilkenny border. 

The aircraft are flying over the New Ross Bypass and Bridge (N30/N25) in the area of New Ross.

The TII said the surveys will be carried out during working hours and, subject to weather conditions.

The drone operators will carry identification and will be identifiable by TII branded clothing.
 
The TII added: "The surveys may inadvertently collect very limited personal data which is not retained."  

Transport Infrastructure Ireland said it processes personal data in accordance with its Data Protection obligations.

Last year TII signed a five-year contract with a Dublin firm to use drones to help survey the country’s dual carriageway and motorway system.


 TII currently oversees 1,220km of motorway and dual carriageway across the country.

The benefits of the drone survey include the compilation of aerial topographic surveys, corridor mapping and structural inspections.