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Penalty Point System

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 January 2013

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

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Pádraig MacLochlainn

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481. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department is currently investigating penalty points processed by GoSafe. [2483/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I presume the Deputy is referring to Fixed Charge Notices.

Fixed Charge Notices are an alternative to prosecution, and give a motorist the opportunity to acknowledge the offence, pay the fixed charge and, where the offence is a penalty point offence, incur the appropriate penalty points. If the motorist does not pay the fixed charge, he or she will in the normal course be prosecuted for the alleged offence.

As the Deputy may be aware, the Garda Commissioner has appointed an Assistant Commissioner to examine and report on allegations relating to the cancellation of Fixed Charge Notices by An Garda Síochána. I have received an interim report from the Commissioner, but I will not be making any further comment on the allegations or on the procedures which permit the cancellation of fixed charge notices until the final report is available.

Question No. 482 answered with Question No. 480.
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