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Irish Penalty Points System


Following, full list of offences which earn penalty points as and from 01st Aug 2014.


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


To check your penalty points status, contact the Road Safety Authority at 1890 41 61 41 quoting your driving licence number.

Full Driving Offences List


12 Penalty Points = Disqualification for six months!
7 Penalty Points = Disqualification for Learner and Novice Drivers (six months)!


(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
Novice Driver
Failure to display N-Plates or tabard
2 4
Learner Driver
Failure to display L-Plates or tabard
2 4
Learner Permit holder Driving unaccompanied by qualified person 2 4
Driving without Insurance M 5 Court Fine
Using vehicle (car) without (NCT) 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
Careless Driving M 5 Court Fine
Driving a vehicle when Unfit M 3 Court Fine
Parking a vehicle in a dangerous positon M 5 Court Fine
Breach of Duty at an Accident M 5 Court Fine
Driver of car Sending SMS, MMS or emails by mobile phone M Court Fine
Holding Mobile Phone whilst Driving
3 5 60 90
Drink Driving Offences (In all cases where the BAC is between 50 mg and 80 mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood) 3 n/a 200
Speeding 3 5 80 120
Driver of car or goods vehicle not wearing safety belt 3 5 60 90
Driver permitting person under 17 years of age to occupy a seat when not wearing safety belt 3 5 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 3 5 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 3 5 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 3 5 60 90
Driver of bus not wearing safety belt 3 5 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
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
Contravention of ban on U-turns 2 4
Contravention of rules for use of mini-roundabouts 1 3
Proceeding beyond no entry to vehicles sign 1 3
Proceeding beyond maximum vehicle length sign where length exceeds maximum displayed 1 3
Proceeding beyond maximum vehicle width sign where width exceeds maximum displayed 1 3
Proceeding beyond maximum design gross vehicle weight (safety) sign where design gross vehicle weight exceeds maximum displayed 1 3
Proceeding beyond maximum vehicle axle loading weight sign where vehicle axle loading weight exceeds maximum displayed. 1 3
Proceeding beyond a traffic lane control sign other than in accordance with such sign or without yielding. 1 3



Penalty Points
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