Learner drivers face penalty points if unaccompanied

Penalty points are to be increased for nine motoring offences and a further 14 offences will attract penalty points for the first time.

Learner drivers face penalty points if unaccompanied

Changes to the penalty points regime announced by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe will also see motorists being given the option of taking penalty points and avoiding a court appearance for driving without an NCT and parking dangerously. Up to now these offences involved a mandatory court appearance.

The full list also includes a range of offences such as failing to drive on the left and issues for those who alter or modify vehicles. The offences brought within the fixed-charge notice system are using a vehicle without an NCT and parking in a dangerous position.

It will be possible to pay a fixed-charge fine for these and get penalty points as an alternative to going to court.

Mr Donohoe said that the fixed-charge and penalty points system had played a major role in improving safety on our roads in the years since its introduction.

Alex Todd Brand Manager at BoxyMo commented "Since the penalty points system was introduced, there has been a dramatic fall in the numbers fatalities on our roads. However, 2013 showed the first increase in fatalities for many years, and, unfortunately, we are on course for similar figures in 2014."

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