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# Penalty Points

This year
Motorists to face higher penalty points on bank holiday weekends
A new bill will allow the number of penalty points to increase during specific periods.
Last year
Over 543,000 people had points on their licences this year - a county-by-county breakdown
A total of 543,089 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2022.
Major development in Munster penalty point probe as dozens told they won't face prosecution
The controversial investigation has been ongoing for more than three years.
Garda chiefs issue strict rules for gardaí on cancelling of District Court cases
The new rules will be activated at the end of the month.
All time
Over 540,000 people had points on their licences this year - a county-by-county breakdown
A total of 540,174 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2021.
Suspension of gardaí strongly criticised by Limerick garda representatives
Suspended members have been left in the dark while suspended from duty, the GRA conference heard.
Penalty point politics: Changing positions and lobbying on fishing regulation
Noteworthy delves into the Government meetings, letters and emails behind the new penalty points regulation for fishers.
More than 500,000 people had points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
A total of 510,269 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2020.
Independent watchdog criticises continuing failure of gardaí to provide specific details over requests to cancel penalty points
Gardaí must prove they were exceeding the speed limit as they carried out their duty.
Here's how many times motorists got caught speeding last year - and how many got disqualified
By far, the most common offence detected and which led to a driver being disqualified is speeding.
Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 106,545.
'I am not privy to the plot': Shane Ross doesn't anticipate 'going to war' over new speeding laws
Under the new system, drivers who speed excessively will be hit with heavier penalties.
Thousands of penalty points could be wiped out if High Court challenge over legislation succeeds
The matter has been adjourned until November.
Fianna Fáil TD criticises 'absurd' drop in penalty points issued in past 10 years
Marc Mac Sharry TD said the legacy of declining Garda numbers has had an impact on the drop in figures.
'This will not be tolerated': Fishermen vow to fight introduction of penalty points system
The government has previously tried to implement the points system – in 2014, 2016 and 2018 – failing each time.
County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences
The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 108,104.
Ross says no 'heated' row over speeding proposals, but some FG ministers have issues with severity of penalty points
The general scheme of the Bill was approved this afternoon.
Details revealed of how drivers face higher fines and penalty points the more they break the speed limit
A graduated penalty system for speeding will be introduced where the speed limit is exceeded by 30kph.
Poll: Should drivers who can't produce their licence after being pulled over face fines?
Minister for Transport Shane Ross is proposing drivers should be fined in such instances.
Two 'clamp fairies' arrested for removing clamps from cars in Dublin
Gardaí issued fixed charge penalty notices to the owners of vehicles parked on the same footpath.
Calls for drivers who park on cycle lanes to get penalty points
Motorists continue to park on cycle lane because they face no consequences for doing so, said the party.
Driver caught doing 156kph in 80kph zone
The motorist was caught by gardaí in Dublin today.
The more you break the speed limit the more you'll be punished under new law
Transport Minister Shane Ross said he hopes to have a general scheme for the legislation ready by Christmas.
Retired garda says it would've been 'out of character' for Callinan to say such nasty things about McCabe
A retired assistant commissioner, and a superintendent in the communications section, gave evidence at Dublin Castle this morning.
A driver got penalty points over incorrect tyre pressure for the first time
Two points and an €80 fine for one motorist last year.
County breakdown of 582,738 penalty points on driving licences
The majority of drivers had three penalty points (400,502), while 59,404 had six points and 42,700 had two.
Gardaí thank whistleblower Maurice McCabe for bringing the penalty points scandal to light
Gsoc today released a damning report showing the cancellation of around 75,000 fixed charge notices.
Micheal Healy Rae: 'The government should leave our young drivers alone'
I think it would be more in the government’s line to catch criminals who are breaking into elderly people’s homes and jail them, writes Michael Healy Rae.
Judge says Fianna Fáil councillor 'wriggled like a worm at the end of a hook' and told 'a pack of lies'
Alan O’Callaghan was faced with a fixed charge penalty notice prosecution.
Penalty points for using a mobile phone while driving could be increased
Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he was willing to raise the points.
A third of motorists caught without seatbelts didn't pay their fine last year
Some of the offences related to under-17s passengers.
Male drivers rack up penalty points twice as often as women over a decade
Since the introduction of penalty points Ireland’s male drivers have received the lion’s share of fixed charge notices for road infractions.
Poll: Does the risk of penalty points affect your driving?
Incurring penalty points can make your insurance more expensive and even disqualify you from driving.
Ranked - the counties where you're most likely to have received penalty points
Some counties with the worst road fatality records in Ireland incur the least penalty points in the country.
Dundalk boss digs at title rivals Cork City over 'manufactured' penalties
“We are not going to encourage our players to go down,” said Stephen Kenny. “We have our values.”
'A very high stakes game': Over 150,000 cars on the road without insurance
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) said it was deeply concerned with the spike in numbers.
Poll: Should penalty points be increased for using a phone while driving?
The RSA says increased penalty points have resulted in changes in the behaviour of drivers.
Penalty points loophole to be closed by government
The loophole has seen roughly 7,500 cases annually thrown out of court.
Gardaí planning huge crackdown on drivers using mobile phones
More than 28,000 people were caught using their phone while driving last year.
Poll: Should disqualified drivers be named and shamed?
Or do they still deserve some privacy?