Road traffic law



Asylum seekers' right to work 'undermined' by driving license ban

Asylum seekers' right to work is being undermined because they are denied access to driving licenses, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said.

Published 30 July 2020

Special events legislation to be reviewed

A review of legislation allowing for roads to be closed for special events such as street parties or sporting events has begun.

Published 27 July 2020

Lack of progress on specialist Traffic Court criticised by justice watchdog

The lack of progress on establishing a specialist Traffic Court in Northern Ireland has been criticised by the criminal justice watchdog.

Published 19 March 2020

Nearly three dozen road traffic cases struck off

Nearly three dozen road traffic cases have been struck out following a High Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Road Traffic Acts.

Published 9 December 2019

Cabinet approves plans for graduated speeding penalties

The Cabinet has approved the plans of Transport Minister Shane Ross to introduce graduated speeding penalties, The Irish Times reports.

Published 26 November 2019

New offence of dangerously overtaking a cyclist to come into force at midnight

A motorist who dangerously overtakes a cyclist will face a fine of €120 and three penalty points under a new law coming into force tonight.

Published 11 November 2019

Up to 28,000 prosecutions at risk after road traffic law ruling

Up to 28,000 prosecutions are at risk because of a legislative error in the Road Traffic Act 2016.

Published 31 October 2019

Law error prevents motorists from arguing they haven't received fixed charge notice

An error in road traffic legislation prevents motorists from defending themselves on the basis that they did not receive a first fixed charge notice, a High Court judge has said.

Published 10 October 2019

Nearly half of all speeding offences struck out of court

Nearly half of all speeding offences brought to court in the past two and a half years have been struck out because motorists have not been served with a summons, according to the Courts Service.

Published 24 September 2019

Public consultation on e-scooters to begin this weekend

A public consultation on the legalisation of the use of e-scooters and other powered personal transporters (PPTs) on public roads will begin on Sunday.

Published 29 August 2019

Road authorities appeal to 40,000 long-term learner drivers to sit driving test

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has appealed to tens of thousands of long-term learner permit holders to sit their driving test to make Ireland's roads safer.

Published 27 August 2019

Road safety watchdog concerned over Garda 'downgrading of road safety'

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has called for an urgent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris over what it views as the "downgrading of road safety" in his restructuring plans.

Published 23 August 2019

No-deal Brexit warning for tens of thousands of Irish motorists using UK licenses

Tens of thousands of Irish motorists are driving with UK licenses in spite of a warning that they could become invalid after a no-deal Brexit.

Published 19 August 2019

Officials call for investigation into disparate conviction rates for drink driving

Road safety officials have called for an investigation into wildly disparate conviction rates for drink driving offences in different Irish counties.

Published 19 August 2019

High Court: Garda awarded €90,000 compensation for facial injuries suffered in car crash

A garda who was involved in a "traumatic" road traffic collision in Mullingar, in which large pieces of wood entered through the body of the car while his young children were in the back seat,  has been awarded €90,000 in the High Court.

Published 8 August 2019