Minister for Transport Shane Ross is bringing his proposals to Cabinet today in relation to graduated speeding penalties. He has modified some key proposals after a backlash from some rural Ministers.
The proposals to Government will seek to impose more severe sanctions on motorists who have exceeded the speed limit by greater amounts.
At present, a driver who breaks the speed limit is subject to a fine of €80 and three penalty points, irrespective of the speed they were doing.
The Minister’s proposals will seek to impose higher sanctions for those travelling at higher speeds. A motorist found travelling 30km/h above the speed limit will face prosecution under a new standalone offence, with the prospect of a fine of €2,000 and seven penalty points.
Originally, Minister Ross wanted anyone who travelled 30km/h above the speed limit to be prosecuted for dangerous driving.