Wednesday 29 March 2017

Speeding cases thrown out of court due to lack of notice

Barry Duggan and Paul Melia

TWO out of three people allegedly caught speeding by the new GoSafe vans have had their cases struck out in court after claiming they never received the motoring fine.

Some 24 motorists who appeared in Limerick District Court escaped prosecution after telling Judge Eamon O'Brien they had never received notification that they had been caught speeding.

The GoSafe vans -- which have speed cameras on board -- were rolled out last November and 39 motorists found themselves ordered to appear before Limerick District Court this week for offences allegedly committed last December and January.

Drivers caught speeding receive a notice informing them of the time and date of the alleged offence, and are given 28 days to pay an €80 fine. They also get two penalty points on their licence.

If the fixed charge penalty is not paid within 28 days, they are obliged to go to court where they get four penalty points and a fine of up to €120 if found guilty.

But 24 drivers in Limerick -- almost two out of three -- escaped prosecution after they or solicitors acting on their behalf claimed they never received any notice of the offence.

Judge O'Brien remarked that it was "very strange" that so many motorists had not received the speeding notice.

A garda spokesman said: "We are aware of the issue and it's being dealt with."

Last night An Post confirmed that a detailed proposal for a confirmed delivery service was presented to the gardai for consideration some time ago. An Post is still awaiting a reply.

Garda sources said it was strange that drivers received the summons, but not the original speeding fine.

Irish Independent

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