Wednesday 18 July 2018

Motorists failing to bring licences to court 'absolutely unacceptable' - Transport Minister

No surrender: driver's licence
No surrender: driver's licence
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said it is “absolutely unacceptable” that motorists are evading punishment by failing to bring driving licences to court.

The Irish Independent today revealed plans to link driving licences to vehicle registrations in an attempt to clampdown on motorists avoiding penalty points through a legislative loophole.

More than 20,000 drivers have been avoiding penalty points by failing to bring their driving licenses to court – the points are then not automatically recorded on their licence.

Read more: Just one in 25 disqualified drivers actually surrendered their licence

Minister Donohoe said he is working with Justice Minister France Fitzgerald on new legislation to clamp down on penalty point evaders.

"I believe it is absolutely unacceptable that anybody who goes to court due to committing a series of road traffic offences or a road traffic offence that is so serious that of itself could merit losing their licence - when that person gets to court measures are taken that evade the sanction the courts and our justice system places on them,” he said.

He added: "That is why earlier on this year I brought into law the ability for the gardai to immediately arrest anybody who is driving while disqualified and I am now working with the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to look at other measures that will allow us deal with behaviour that is unacceptable in our courts and unacceptable in a country looking to make our roads safer."

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