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Motorists must will avoid court date if they pay double the speeding fine
Motorists in Laois and other counties who are hit with speeding fines and other penalties for motoring offences.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald today commenced the Courts Act 2017 which will provide a third payment option for road traffic offences.
Up to 1 June 2017, a Fixed Charge Notice offence afforded two payment options before a summons was issued requiring a person to attend court. A first period of 28 days during which the person may pay the fixed charge amount, followed by a second period of 28 days, during which the person may pay the fixed charge amount plus 50%. The current fixed charge is €80.
“The third payment option will allow for the payment of the fixed charge amount plus 100% from time of summons service up to seven days before the date of their court appearance.
“So if a person takes up the third payment option, proceedings will be discontinued and they will not have to attend court,” said the Tánaiste.
If an original fine is €80, with the second notice it increases to €120 and would become €240 through the third payment option, triple the original fine.
For speeding the Fixed Charge amount is €80, the second option allows for payment of the Fixed Charge amount (€80) increased by 50%
The third payment provides for the payment of the Fixed Charge amount (€80) increased by 100% (€160).
Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 provides for a presumption of service where the postal service provider can certify proof of postage.
The Tanaiste said this should to an increase in payment rates and reduction in the volume of road traffic offence cases proceeding to court.
The delivery of the third payment option project is the culmination of a number of years work and ongoing, close engagement between my Department, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, An Garda Síochána and the Courts Service.