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Penalty Points Offences & Charges Ireland

Jun 14, 2017

Penalty Points Offences & Charges Ireland

In Ireland, certain driving offences can result in the driver recieving penalty points on their license. Some common examples include speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and holding a mobile phone while driving out on the road. Penalty point offences are recorded on a driver’s license if they are convicted of a driving offence such as the below which attracts penalty points.

For more information on the penalty points system and a complete breakdown on the rules, we would urge you to visit the Road Safety Authority (RSA) website. For an overview on the system and Carzone’s view on some of the most common offences, you can see our recent Penalty Points Overview article here. 

 

Penalty Point Offence

Penalty Points On Payment 

Penalty Points On Conviction

Cost (Paid In 28 Days) 

Cost (Paid In Next 28 Days)

Using a vehicle with defective or worn tyres

2

4

€80

€120

Learner permit holder driving unaccompanied by qualified person

2

4

€80

€120

Failure to display N Plate or tabard

2

4

€60

€90

Failure to display L-Plate or tabard

2

4

€60

€90

Contravention of ban on U-turns

2

4

€60

€90

Contravention of rules for use of mini roundabouts

1

3

€60

€90

Proceeding beyond no entry to vehicles sign

1

3

€60

€90

Proceeding beyond a traffic lane control sign other than in accordance with such sign or without yielding

1

3

€60

€90

Using vehicle in a public place without an authorisation plate

3

5

€60

€90

Using vehicle in a public place that has been modified or altered such that authorisation plate is inaccurate

3

5

€60

€90

Using vehicle not equipped with a speed limitation device or using a vehicle equipped with a speed limitation device not complying with requirements specified in Regulation

3

5

€60

€90

Proceeding beyond maximum vehicle length sign where length exceeds maximum displayed

1

3

€60

€90

Proceeding beyond maximum vehicle width sign where width exceeds maximum displayed

1

3

€60

€90

Proceeding beyond maximum design gross vehicle weight (safety) sign where design gross vehicle weight exceeds maximum displayed

1

3

€60

€90

Proceeding beyond maximum vehicle axle loading weight sign where vehicle axle loading weight exceeds maximum specified

1

3

€60

€90

Using vehicle (car) without valid test certificate (NCT)

3

5

€60

€90

Parking a vehicle in a dangerous position

3

5

€80

€120

Failure to drive on the left hand side of the road

2

4

€60

€90

Dangerous overtaking

3

5

€80

€120

Contravention of prohibition of driving vehicle along or across median strip

2

4

€60

€90

Failure to stop a vehicle before stop sign/stop line

3

5

€80

€120

Failure to yield right of way at a yield sign/yield line

3

5

€80

€120

Failure to comply with mandatory traffic signs at junctions

2

4

€80

€120

Crossing continuous white line

3

5

€80

€120

Failure by vehicle to obey traffic lights

3

5

€80

€120

Failure to leave appropriate distance between you and the vehicle in front

3

5

€80

€120

Driving vehicle before remedying dangerous defect

m*

3

Court fine

Court fine

Driving dangerously defective vehicle

m*

5

Court fine

Court fine

Using commercial vehicle without certificate of roadworthiness

m*

5

Court fine

Court fine

Bridge strikes, etc.

m*

3

Court fine

Court fine

Holding a mobile phone while driving

3

5

€60

€90

Failure to act in accordance with a Garda signal

1

3

€80

€120

Entry by driver into hatched marked area of roadway, e.g. Carriageway reduction lane

1

3

€80

€120

Failure to obey traffic rules at railway level crossing

2

5

€80

€120

Driving a vehicle on a motorway against the flow of traffic

2

4

€80

€120

Driving on the hard shoulder on a motorway

1

3

€80

€120

Driving a vehicle (subject to an ordinary speed limit of 90 kms per hour or less on the outside lane on a motorway 1 3 €80 €120
Failure to obey requirements at junctions, e.g. Not being in the correct lane when turning onto another road 1 3 €60 €90
Failure to obey requirements regarding reversing of vehicles, e.g. Reversing from minor road onto main road 1 3 €60 €90
Driving on a footpath 1 3 €60 €90
Driving on a cycle track 1 3 €60 €90
Failure to turn left when entering a roundabout 1 3 €60 €90
Failure to stop for school warden sign 2 5 €80 €120
Failure to stop when so required by a member of the Garda Síochána 2 5 €80 €120
Failure to yield 2 4 €80 €120
Driving without reasonable consideration 2 4 €80 €120
Failure to comply with prohibitory traffic signs 1 3 €60 €90
Failure to comply with keep left/keep right signs 1 3 €60 €90
Failure to comply with traffic lane markings 1 3 €60 €90
Illegal entry onto a one-way street 1 3 €60 €90
Driving a vehicle when unfit m* 3 Court fine Court fine
Breach of duties at an accident m* 5 Court fine Court fine
Speeding 3 5 €80 €120
Driving without insurance m* 5 Court fine Court fine
Driver of Car or Goods vehicle not wearing Safety belt 3 5 €60 €90
Failure by Driver to comply with rear seat belt requirements for passengers under 17 years 3 5 €60 €90
Driver of car or goods vehicle permitting child under 3 years of age to travel in it without being restrained by appropriate child restraint 3 5 €60 €90
Driver of car or goods vehicle permitting child over 3 years of age to travel in it without being restrained by appropriate child restraint 3 5 €60 €90
Driver of car or goods vehicle permitting child to be restrained by rearward facing child restraint fitted to a seat protected by active frontal air-bag 3 5 €60 €90
Driver of bus not wearing safety belt 3 5 €60 €90
Driver found to be driving carelessly m* 5 Court fine Court fine
Using vehicle – (a) whose weight un-laden exceeds maximum permitted weight, (b) whose weight laden exceeds maximum permitted weight, or (c) any part of which transmits to ground greater weight than maximum permitted weight 1 3 €200 €300
Drink driving offences (In all cases where the BAC is between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood) 3 n/a €200  

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