Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (384)

Noel Grealish


384. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the speeding offences for which penalty points were issued in the past year by different speed limits (details supplied) including the speed limit in operation in the locations in which the offences occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53561/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The speeding location and the vehicle speed detected, requested by the Deputy, are not provided to my Department by An Garda Síochána.   The current legislation does not distinguish between the degree to which offenders are in excess of the legal limit and therefore it is not relevant to the issue of penalty points.  That is why I am proposing to bring in a fairer, more proportionate system which will distinguish between those who may be only slightly in excess of the relevant speed limit and those who are driving well in excess of the maximum legal limit applying.  I thank the Deputy for helping to highlight why this reforming legislation is necessary and desirable and I look forward to his support for it.

The speeding offence details for the penalty points provided to my Department; and recorded on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF), are as follows:

Penalty Point Speeding Offences

Number of Offences

Exceed 30 km/h limit                                                                                


Exceed 50 km/h limit                                                                               


Exceed 60 km/h limit                                                                                


Exceed 80 km/h limit                                                                               


Exceed 100 km/h limit                                                                               


Exceed 120 km/h limit                                                                              


Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (50 Kmh/Road)                                                         


Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (60 Kmh/Motorway)                                                    


Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (60 Kmh/Road)                                                         


Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (80 Kmh/Motorway)                                                    


Exceed Road Works Speed Limit (80 Kmh/Road)                                                         


Exceed ordinary speed limit (class of vehicle)                                                     


Speeding Combination of vehicles                                                                    


Exceed ordinary speed limit (certain vehicles)                                                     


Speeding Ordinary Vehicles >3500 kgs