Road traffic law



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

Sharp rise in motorists banned from driving following increased enforcement

The number of motorists banned from driving in the State has risen sharply this year amid increased enforcement by gardaí, according to new figures.

Published 8 August 2019

Motorists fined more than £4 million for driving in bus lanes

Motorists have been fined more than £4 million over the past four years for driving in Belfast's bus lanes.

Published 8 August 2019

Three-quarters of recommendations on fixed charge processing system implemented

Almost three-quarters of the Garda Inspectorate's recommendations on modernising the fixed charge processing system (FCPS) have been implemented, according to a new report.

Published 25 July 2019

PPS launches consultation on road traffic prosecution policy

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has launched a public consultation on its updated policy covering the prosecution of road traffic offences.

Published 12 July 2019

High Court: Evidential presumption of validity applies to photocopy of breathalyser statement

In a matter which came before the High Court by way of consultative case stated, Mr Justice Garrett Simons found that the evidential presumption of validity under s. 20(1) of the Road Traffic Act 2010 applies to a photocopy of a breathalyser statement produced pursuant to s.13 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, and that the Director of Public Prosecutions was entitled to rely on the photocopied statement produced before the District Court.

Published 25 April 2019