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List of penalty point offences that attract penalty points

You can download a list of current penalty points offences below:

Full List of Penalty Points Offences pdf | 519 KB

Changes to penalty points

From 12 November 2019, dangerous overtaking of a cyclist became an offence with a fine of €120 and three penalty points on payment of a fixed charge if paid within 28 days, €180 payment outside 28 days, €240 third payment option. If convicted in court five penalty points and a fine applies.

A law was introduced warning motorists to provide for a one metre distance overtaking space for cyclists (in locations with speed limits less than 50km/h) and 1.5 metre distance (where speed limit exceeds 50 km/h). 

Under Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 drink driving offences where the BAC- Blood Alcohol Concentration is between 50 mg and 80 mg per 100 ml of blood – a €200 fixed charge and a three-month driving ban applies. Driver is given 14 days notification of driving ban.

This was a change from conditions that previously applied which was a €200 fixed charge and three penalty points endorsement on a driving licence for three years.

If a fixed charge is not paid, you will be liable to being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and brought to court, where fine not exceeding €5000 or term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both. 

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.

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. A further significant change is that a person taking out a first learner permit after 1 August 2014 will be disqualified on reaching seven penalty points. The same rule will apply to a person (who first took out a learner permit after this date) taking out a full licence for the first two years of that full licence while a driver is a novice driver.

On 8 December 2014 the most significant changes were that a learner driver driving unaccompanied or not displaying L plates, or motorcyclists not wearing an L tabard now became penalty point offences. Penalty points are applied to a novice driver who does not display N plates or motorcyclists who do not wear an N tabard.


Penalty Points FAQs 

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions please visit the National Driving Licence Service (NDLS) website.