Monday 26 September 2016

No penalty points for drivers of company cars

Published 16/04/2015 | 02:30

Although legislation was passed to allow for points to be handed down in these instances, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has admitted the loophole will not be closed
Although legislation was passed to allow for points to be handed down in these instances, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has admitted the loophole will not be closed

Drivers of company cars will continue to avoid penalty points because speed cameras cannot identify them, the Government has confirmed.

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A change to the law to ensure that penalty points are applied to all drivers was recommended by the Garda watchdog.

Although legislation was passed to allow for points to be handed down in these instances, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has admitted the loophole will not be closed.

"The minister is informed that An Garda Síochána has advised that where the image of the front of an offending vehicle is captured it may in some instances be possible to see the driver to assist in the identification of the driver," he said.

"However, due to lighting conditions and reflections, this may not always be possible."

Mr Howlin said the Department of Justice was considering the sending of court summonses by registered post in order to prevent offenders from claiming they did not have their summonses properly served on them.

Irish Independent

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