Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (366)

Brendan Griffin


370 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the payment of speeding fines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35861/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

Parts 3 and 5 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 provide for a number of enhancements to the current fixed charge and penalty point systems, including, in section 44 of that Act, a final option of payment in relation to a fixed charge offence for certain road traffic offences on receipt of a Court summons, not later than 7 days before the date specified in the summons on which the charge is to be heard by the Court. It also provides that where such a payment is made, proceedings in respect of the alleged offence will be discontinued and the person need not attend the Court on the day specified in the summons.

My Department, the Garda Síochána, the Department of Justice and Equality and the Courts Service are in consultation to ensure that the required supports, both administrative and technical, are in place for the commencement of Parts 3 and 5 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, including section 44, as soon as possible.