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IrelandTwo thirds of motorists in Ireland caught speeding 'not receiving penalty points' on licenses

18:12  12 july  2019
18:12  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Speeding : Drivers caught abusing the speed limit will receive 4 penalty points on conviction in court and a 12 penalty points on a driving license It is the legal obligation of every motorist in Ireland to ensure that they have car insurance in place at all times. © Provided by Reach Publishing Services

Motorists could get penalty points on their licence for not wearing a seatbelt under new In April, a survey found seven in ten drivers support giving those who shun seatbelts penalty points . The motorist would blow into the device and, if they are over the alcohol limit, the car would fail to start.

Two thirds of motorists in Ireland caught speeding 'not receiving penalty points' on licenses © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Only 13% of speeders in Kerry displayed licenses in court Penalty points may not have been given to the majority of drivers convicted of speeding offences, new figures show.

Just 34% of motorists presented their licenses when being convicted in courts across Ireland between 2017 and May 2019.

Road victims group PARC has questioned the application of the law.

It also suggested that as penalty points are not being received, would-be disqualified drivers are remaining on the road.

Spokeswoman Susan Gray said: "This shows that nobody is monitoring the situation.

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Northern Ireland drivers caught speeding over 100mph soared by more than a quarter last year. Motorists caught at over 100mph can be given a driving ban or six penalty points on their licence . The maximum fine for serious speeding offences is £1,000, rising to £2,500 if caught on a motorway.

Many countries have adopted a penalty point or demerit point system under which a person’s driving license is cancelled or suspended based on the number of points accumulated by them over

"The minister is bringing in new speeding laws and he thinks his job is done. The agencies need to work together.

"If penalty points aren't being collated there will be some people who should be off the road and aren't."

Two thirds of motorists in Ireland caught speeding 'not receiving penalty points' on licenses © Collins Gardai are to begin using handheld devices which can check licenses Overall, 8,008 out of 12,429 people convicted did not have their licenses recorded for penalty points.

In the two-and-a-half years only 13% of speeders in Kerry displayed licenses in court, according to figures from the Courts Service released to Dublin TD Tommy Broughan.

Just 27 drivers from a total of 208 caught in Kerry, and only 196 out of 1,160 in Kildare had licenses recorded after conviction.

Four in five of those sentenced in Wicklow did present their licenses, while 68% of speeders in Wexford did so.

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More than 100 motorists were caught driving at over 100mph on Northern Ireland ’s roads last year - with the top speed hitting twice the limit at 140mph. A total of 109 people were caught by the PSNI hitting speeds faster than 100mph in 2018, a rise of more than 26% from the year before.

It's understood a number of these motorists would not have Irish licences or would not be in possession of a valid licence.

PARC's Susan Gray added to RTE that gardai are to begin using handheld devices which can check licenses.

The Department of Transport is said to be developing the licence record project which will provide a link between driving licences and vehicle registration numbers.

The figures obtained by Mr Broughan also showed that 21% of those summoned to court on speeding charges were convicted.

Mayo and Kerry had the lowest conviction rates with 7% and 11% respectively, while the highest rate in the country was recorded in Louth, where 30% of drivers were convicted.

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