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Child restraints in cars

The importance of appropriate child restraints in cars cannot be overstated. According to the Road Safety Authority, 262 children died on Irish roads between 1996 and 2012 and in  almost one third of those cases no child restraints or safety belts were used. A fixed charge notice or court summons for failing to use a […]

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Late payment of fixed charge penalties

As the District Courts reopened this month after the summer break there has been some good news for drivers who get fine notices for road traffic offences but fail to pay within the 56 days allowed. Since 1 June 2017, a third payment option has been introduced and while the amount of the fine doubles, […]

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Driving without insurance can be catastrophic

A lot of factors are blamed for the dramatic increase in the cost of car insurance over the past two years and while some are questionable at best, there is no doubt that the increase in uninsured drivers is an issue. There is now a renewed focus on uninsured drivers and, combined with a recent […]

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A victory for motorists over mindless bureaucracy

The Garda fixed charge processing office should no longer refuse to accept fixed charge payments due to minor omissions on fixed charge notices. A High Court ruling has found that the Gardaí are not entitled to refuse to process payments in such cases, which is good news for motorists who could otherwise face conviction, higher […]

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Can you be fined when your car was speeding but you weren’t driving?

Most speeding offences are dealt with by fixed charge notices, a form of speeding ticket you get in the post. If you fill out the form and send a the fine to the Garda fixed charge processing office you receive 3 penalty points on your licence. If you do not, you will have to go […]

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5 tips for dealing with driving offences

Some driving offences, like drink driving, result in automatic disqualification from driving and people are generally aware of the risks involved. However, penalty points disqualification is now an increasing threat to drivers, particularly as the points for many offences has increased while the the threshold for disqualification has not. If you get 12 penalty points […]

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Get your NCT on time or face harsh penalties

With the delays in obtaining NCT test appointments in recent years drivers often failed to get a test certificate before the deadline for doing so. The consequences can be severe. Many drivers are unaware of the relatively serious penalties for driving a car without an NCT certificate. Things improved in late 2014 when the fixed […]

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New fines for cyclists, but do you know the existing law?

The Minister for Transport will introduce a new system of fixed-charged notices for cycling offences later this month. There will be 7 specific offences that would each require the payment of a €40 fine. The details of the new regulations have not yet been published but it must be assumed that if a fine is […]

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Are you getting the points?

You might have seen news reports last week of people “avoiding” penalty points on their driving licences by not producing their driving licence in court. This is indeed a “loophole” in the law but, to be fair to most people concerned, they are unlikely to have known they were exploiting it. All District Court summons […]

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