Department of Transport
Cullen announces details of new Fixed Charge Driving Offence System
"Focussed attempt to stamp out selfish, dangerous and avoidable driving habits"
Transport Minister, Martin Cullen TD today (Thursday, 30th March 2006) announced an extension to the fixed charge system for a range of driving offences. They form part of the Government's drive to improve road safety and driver behaviour on our roads.
The new system will apply from Monday next, April 3rd. A full list of the offences and the respective fines are outlined below. Among the offences covered include parking illegally in a disabled parking space, dangerously stopping or parking at schools, parking illegally in loading bays during business hours and fines for illegally driving or parking on a tram lane.
The level of the charge to be applied in respect of most of the parking offences will be €40. In the case of all fixed charges a person has 28 days from the date of the fixed charge notice to pay. This will increase by 50% for the subsequent 28 days. Only following expiry of that 56-day period will court proceedings be initiated.
Minister Cullen described the move as "a focussed attempt to stamp out selfish, dangerous and avoidable driving habits". He also said the new system offers a more "efficient method of administering driving offences. Rather than clogging up the courts, fixed charges mean we can deal with offences quickly and efficiently."
Commenting on the measures included in the new fixed charge system, Minister Cullen said: "Those who illegally park in a disabled person's parking bay are behaving in a singularly selfish and inconsiderate manner. These bays are provided for the exclusive use of vehicles in which disabled people permits are displayed and I consider that it is appropriate that a significantly greater deterrent should be applied to them."