Drivers face higher fines and points for speeding

Transport Minister Shane Ross is proposing higher fines and more penalty points for speeding.

It would mean that speeding would no longer be viewed as a single offence.

Instead, those driving up to 10km/h above the speed limit could pay a fine of €80 and receive between three and five penalty points.

If you drive up to 20km/h over the allowed speed there would be a €150 fine and between four and six points placed on your licence.

Motorists driving between 20km/h and 30km/h over the speed limit will be hit with a €200 fine and up to seven penalty points.

Anyone driving in excess of 30km/h above the speed limits will be charged with dangerous driving.

Driving licence

The Minister is also proposing penalty points and a fine of €80 for drivers who fail to have their licence to hand.

Currently if a driver is not in possession of their licence while being stopped by a member of the Gardai they have the opportunity to present it a station.

Variable speed limits during times of congestion on the M50 motorway in Dublin are also being considered.

The new moves are being brought to the cabinet today.

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