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Irish Penalty Points System

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Penalty Points
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Penalty points are been introduced into Ireland on a phased basis


From 3rd August 2012 following are in force


Points remain on the driving licence for a period of 3 years

To find out how many penalty points are on your driving licence record, contact the Road Safety Authority at 1890 41 61 41 and quote your driving licence number.

Full Driving Offences List


(M = Mandatory Court Appearance)


Penalty Points System Ireland
Offence Penalty Points on Payment Penalty Points on Conviction Fixed Charge
Within 28 Days Next 28 Days
Speeding 2 4 80 120
Holding Mobile Phone whilst Driving 2 4 60 90
Insurance M 5 Court Fine
Using vehicle (car) without test certificate M 5 Court Fine
Driving vehicle before remedying dangerous defect M 3 Court Fine
Driving dangerously defective vehicle M 5 Court Fine
Using vehicle without certificate of roadworthiness M 5 Court Fine
Bridge strikes, etc. M 3 Court Fine
Driver of car or goods vehicle not wearing safety belt 2 4 60 90
Driver permitting person under 17 years of age to occupy a seat when not wearing safety belt 2 4 60 90
Driver of car or goods vehicle permitting child under 3 years of age to travel in it without being restrained by appropriate child restraint 2 4 60 90
Driver of car or goods vehicle permitting child over 3 years of age to travel in it without being restrained by appropriate child restraint 2 4 60 90
Driver of car or goods vehicle permitting child to be restrained by rearward facing child restraint fitted to a seat protected by active frontal air-bag 2 4 60 90
Driver of bus not wearing safety belt 2 4 60 90
Using vehicle – (a) whose weight un-laden exceeds maximum permitted weight, (b) whose weight laden exceeds maximum permitted weight, or (c)any part of which transmits to ground greater weight than maximum permitted weight 1 3 200 300
Careless Driving M 5 Court Fine
Dangerous Overtaking 2 5 80 120
Failure to act in accordance with Garda signal 1 3 80 120
Failure to stop a vehicle before Stop Line/Stop Sign 2 4 80 120
Failure to yield right of way at a Yield Sign/ Yield Line 2 4 80 120
Crossing Continuous white line 2 4 80 120
Entry by driver into hatch marked area of roadway eg carriageway reduction lane 1 3 80 120
Failure to obey Traffic Lights 2 5 80 120
Failure to obey traffic lights at Railway Crossings 2 5 80 120
Driving a vehicle on the Motorway against the flow of traffic 2 4 80 120
Driving on the hard shoulder of a Motorway 1 3 80 120
Driving a HGV or Bus on the outside lane of a motorway 1 3 80 120
Failure to drive on the left hand side of the road 1 3 60 90
Failure to obey requirements at junctions, eg not being in the correct lane when turning into another road 1 3 60 90
Failure to obey requirements regarding reversing of vehicles eg reversing from minor road onto main road 1 3 60 90
Driving on a footpath 1 3 60 90
Driving on a cycle lane 1 3 60 90
Failure to turn left when entering a roundabout 1 3 60 90
Driving on a median strip, eg boundary between two carriageways 1 3 60 90
Failure to stop for a School Warden sign 1 4 80 120
Failure to stop when required by a member of the Gards Siochana 2 5 80 120
Failure to leave appropriate distance between you and the vehicle in front 2 4 80 120
Failure to Yield 2 4 80 120
Driving without Reasonable Consideration 2 4 80 120
Failure to comply with Mandatory Traffic Signs at Junctions 1 3 60 90
Failure to comply with Prohibitory Traffic Signs 1 3 60 90
Failure to comply with Keep left/Keep Right Signs 1 3 60 90
Failure to comply with Traffic Lane Markings 1 3 60 90
Illegal entry into a one-way street 1 3 60 90
Driving a vehicle when Unfit M 3 Court Fine
Drink driving (depending on level of alcohol present in the body) 3 n/a 200
Parking a vehicle in a dangerous positon M 5 Court Fine
Breach of Duty at an Accident M 5 Court Fine












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