Changes to Penalty Points on 17 April 2016
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, announced a new Fixed Charge Notice (FCN) offence for motorists who drive with defective or worn tyres on their vehicle on 15 April 2016.
Although it is already an offence to drive a vehicle with defective or worn tyres, there will now be a fixed charge (or fine) of €80, with two penalty points endorsed on the licence on payment of the fixed charge for commission of the offence, or four penalty points following conviction in court.
The new regulations take effect from Sunday, 17 April 2016.
See here for a full list of penalty point offences
Changes to Penalty Points on 8 December 2014
Changes to the penalty points system were introduced 1 August 2014 and again on 8 December 2014. On 1 August 2014 the most notable changes involved an increase in penalty points for speeding, seatbelt wearing and for using a mobile phone while driving- for a list of all those changes please click on this link. A further significant change from 1 August 2014 is that a person taking out a first learner permit after that date will be disqualified on reaching seven penalty points. The same rule will apply to a person (who first took out a learner permit after 1 August 2014) taking out a full licence for the first two years of that full licence. This is the two year period while a driver is considered to be a novice driver. For Frequently Asked Questions on rules relating to novice drivers please click on this link.
On 8 December 2014 changes were made in the case of twenty-five penalty point offences, for a full list of these changes please click here. Fourteen new penalty point offences were introduced, nine offences had the existing level of points increased and two offences had procedural changes where points can be applied without a court conviction. For Frequently Asked Questions on the changes introduced on 8 December 2014 please click on this link.
Among the most significant changes are that a learner driver driving unaccompanied or not displaying L plates or motorcyclists not wearing an L tabard now become penalty point offences. Penalty points also apply to a novice driver who does not display N plates or motorcyclists not wearing an N tabard. For a full list of all current penalty points please click on this link.
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