Some fines for road offences double from today
Fines relating to a total of 16 road safety offences have doubled since midnight last night. The measures were announced by Minister of State of Transport, Ms Hildegarde Naughton.
The fines that are doubling include speeding from €80 to €160, mobile phone use from €60 to €120, non-wearing of seatbelts (€60 to €120) and failing to ensure that a child is properly restrained (€60 to €120).
Fines relating to offences committed by learners and novice drivers are also increasing. The fines for a learner permit holder driving a vehicle unaccompanied by a qualified person will increase from €80 to €160. The fine for novice drivers not displaying ‘L’ or ‘N’ plates (or tabards in the case of motorcyclists will double to €120.
The fines for a learner permit holder driving a vehicle unaccompanied by a qualified person is increasing from €80 to €160.
Minister Naughton also announced that three new Fixed Charge Notices will come into force in the new year. These relate to the misuse of a disabled parking permit (€200). Illegally parking in an electric charging bay (€80) and breaching an HGV ban and entering a specified public road without a valid permit (€200).
While the fine for 16 road traffic offences will increase to either €120 or €160 as of 27th October, it should be noted that if a driver fails to pay the fine within a 28-day period it increases to €180 or €240. Fail to pay after a further 28-day period and the fine increases to €240 or €320.