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Monday 22 September 2014

Penalty points scheme getting major overhaul

Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30

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Acting garda chief Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Collins
Acting garda chief Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Collins

GARDAI have overhauled the controversial penalty points system to strengthen oversight of how it operates.

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Changes to the fixed charge penalty scheme will also make it easier for the public to apply for cancellations.

The moves follow an examination of the system by the Garda Inspectorate.

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan announced that the authority to cancel fixed charge penalty notices will now be centralised at the processing office in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

A guide explaining how the cancellation system works will be published on the force's website, garda.ie, while a special form for cancellation requests will be made publicly available on the website or through the Thurles office.

Regular audits will be undertaken to keep a watch on the operation of the system and a revised internal manual outlining the changes to policies and procedures will be published.

Commitment

Ms O'Sullivan said those and other changes would demonstrate the Garda's commitment to improving the effectiveness and transparency of the system.

She said the force would continue to co-operate with the criminal justice working group to examine how best to implement the recommendations set out in the Inspectorate's report.

Irish Independent

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