Types of offences

A list of the offences that attract penalty points

Types of offences

As and from 3 August 2012 there are 48 offences that are subject to penalty points. Here’s a sample of some of them and the penalty points they incur:

  • No insurance: 5 penalty points and a fine of up to €2,500 and/or a possible term of imprisonment
  • Careless driving: 5 penalty points and a fine of up to €1,500 and/or a possible term of imprisonment
  • Speeding: 4 penalty points on conviction in court and a fine of up to €800
  • No seatbelt: 4 penalty points on conviction in court and a fine of up to €800
  • Driving while using a mobile phone: 2 penalty points and fixed-charge of €60; 4 penalty points and possible €2,000 fine on conviction in court for non-payment of fixed charge

See full list of current offences (PDF)

Since 1 May 2009, penalty points have been in place for a number of NCT-related offences.

The offences are the following:

  • Using a vehicle (car) without a test certificate
  • Driving a vehicle before remedying a dangerous defect
  • Driving a dangerously defective vehicle
  • Using a vehicle without a certificate of roadworthiness

As and from 3 August 2012 the new offences attracting penalty points include:

  • The requirement to use child restraints
  • Seatbelt wearing for bus drivers
  • Vehicle weights

See list of changes introduced on 3 August 2012 

Changes to Penalty Points regime

From 1 August 2014, there are changes to the penalty points regime. Some are applicable from 1 August 2014 and some at a later date. Generally there are three types of change;

  1.  New offences added
  2. A change in the number of points for some offences
  3. The removal of the mandatory requirement to go directly to court in some cases

See list of changes(PDF) introduced on 1 August 2014 and changes coming in later.