Sunday 21 January 2018

High-earners to pay bigger speed fines

Penalties linked to salaries in radical road safety plans

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Motorists face having speeding fines linked to their salaries under radical new road safety proposals.

Higher earners would have to pay more if caught breaking the limit, which could mean a driver on €50,000 a year paying €1,000.

It is understood the earnings-based plan is being strongly considered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and details of it will be sent to Transport Minister Shane Ross.

Experts want to look at tougher deterrents and penalties for those who break speed limits. Speed is known to contribute to a high proportion of deaths and injuries on our roads.

A spokesman from the RSA confirmed to the Irish Independent the income-linked system was being seriously considered.

He said the authority's chief executive, Moyagh Murdock, fully supported the idea of linking how much you pay in speeding fines to how much you earn. The spokesman said it expected to submit the proposals to the Department of Transport as soon as possible.

Irish Independent

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