October 19, 2021

Jail and €2k fine just some of the penalties facing Waterford drivers under new speeding laws

The Government today approved new driving laws which will see Waterford drivers face increasing penalties depending how fast they are caught driving above the speeding limit and the possibility of jail if they fail to pay a fixed charge.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has long campaigned to bring about changes to driving laws by implementing a graduated speeding penalty system which would see drivers travelling at higher speeds slapped with bigger fines and more penalty points.

The Cabinet today approved his proposals, replacing the current system whereby all fines are set at three penalty points and an €80 fine, no matter how fast a person is driving.

The new laws approved will see incremental fines and points depending how fast a driver is clocked over the speed limit.

  • those caught driving up to 10kph over the limit will receive two penalty points on their license and a €60 fine on a fixed charge, or four penalty points on conviction in court
  • those caught driving 10kph to 20kph over the limit will receive three penalty points and an €80 fine on a fixed charge, or five penalty points on conviction in court
  • those caught driving 20kph to 30kph over the limit will receive four penalty points and a €100 fine on a fixed charge, or six points on conviction
  • those caught driving over 30kph above the speed limit will be handled in the courts on charges of dangerous driving and could receive up to a €2,000 fine and a driving ban

If people do not pay the fixed charge and are convicted in court, they face a fine of €1,000 for the first offence and €2,000 for the second and subsequent offence. If a second offence happens within 12 months, they could be facing prison.

Speaking after the announcement that his plans had been approved, Minister Ross said: “The objective is not to penalise people but to change behaviour. We don’t want to catch people speeding; we want to encourage them to stop speeding so as to prevent deaths and injuries on our roads.

“This ‘one penalty fits all’ system is not particularly fair, and it is not targeted at the most dangerous driving behaviour.

“This enables a focus on the more dangerous drivers and offers a deterrent to the most dangerous speeding offences.”

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