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Thursday 8 December 2016

Ministers to clamp down on penalty points court loophole

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe, pictured right, said that in November prosecutions will be commenced against people in order to deal with
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe, pictured right, said that in November prosecutions will be commenced against people in order to deal with "this unacceptable behaviour".

The Transport and Justice Ministers are ramping up plans to clamp down on people failing to bring driving licences to court.

There is currently a loophole whereby if an individual fails to bring their licence to court, they can avoid penalty points.

However, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said that in November, prosecutions will be commenced against people in order to deal with "this unacceptable behaviour".

"The gardai, Minister Fitzgerald and I have commenced a number of steps in relation to this," he said.

"What you will see across November is a number of cases being under taken to prosecute those individuals who fail to produce their driving licences in court.

Behaviour

"This is to deal with a behaviour, which is in my view unacceptable," he said.

"We are now working on a new independent database, that will integrate details of someone's driving licence and their vehicle to deal with this matter once and for all."

Mr Donohoe has said the number of people going to court and escaping penalty points convictions is "unacceptable".

The Minister, speaking at the launch of Road Safety Week in Dublin City Centre, was responding to reports that four out of five drivers summonsed to court over penalty points offences are escaping conviction.

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