Gardai call on drivers to check their lights to avoid possible minimum fine of €60
Gardai in Galway are calling on drivers to check their lights to avoid a possible minimum fine of €60.
Some 550,000 cars, or 20pc of all cars on Irish roads, fail the NCT for defective lighting, according to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
Gardai are running Operation Solas to raise awareness of the lighting regulations among drivers and cyclists and educate the public as to the importance of lighting up.
Whether in a car, on your bike, or out walking, it is vital that you are visible to other road users, a police spokesperson said.
Operation Solas will begin on:
1. Thursday the 26th of November from 7am – Friday the 27th of November at 7am
2. Friday the 11th of December from 7am – Saturday the 12th of December at 7am
Gardai will concentrate on detecting all road traffic lighting infringements, including MPVs, trailers and pedal cycles.
Speaking at Galway District Office, Sergeant Micheal Walsh said:
"With the Winter nights well and truly upon us, it’s vital that all of us that use the roads do so in a safe and responsible manner. During the shorter days, this means lighting up and making sure we are visible to all other road users.
"If you’re driving – check your lights, if you’re cycling – grab that bike light on your way out the door, and if you’re going for an evening stroll – put on your hi-vis."
"Remember – ‘Be safe, be seen’, and make sure you check your lights and avoid the Fixed Charge Notice”