Tuesday 28 February 2017

Donohoe to explain 'licence loophole'

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Paschal Donohoe
Paschal Donohoe

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe is to appear before an Oireachtas committee to explain the latest penalty points controversy.

TDs and senators have expressed deep concern after the Irish Independent revealed that up to 20,000 drivers may have escaped points as a result of a loophole involving the Courts Service. Drivers guilty of road offences have been leaving courtrooms without points applied because they gave the excuse of not having their licence in their possession.

The loophole is now set to be closed as gardaí prepare to target motorists in a new operation. The operation, which will involve officers intercepting offenders inside the country's courtrooms, has been ordered by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, the Oireachtas Transport Committee yesterday agreed to call in Mr Donohoe to explain the loophole, following a proposal by Limerick TD Patrick O'Donovan.

"There is widespread concern out there in relation to this. It's not fair that this has been going on when so many people are compliant with the law and accept their penalty points," Mr O'Donovan said.

Irish Independent

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