New Fixed Charge Notice and penalty points for driving with defective or worn tyres

Acting Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has introduced a new Fixed Charge Notice and penalty points for driving with defective or worn tyres.

Minister Donohoe said: ‘Following consultation with the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána, I have decided to extend the fixed charge notice syetm to vehicles with defective or worn tyres. This new measure is intended to promote greater awareness among motorists of the hazards of driving with tyres that are not in roadworthy condition.”

“Since the penalty points system was introduced in 2002, there has been a dramatic fall in the numbers dying needlessly on our roads.  The penalty points system has played an important role in reducing fatalities and improving road safety since that time.  We need to keep up the pressure to reduce road deaths, and I am confident that the measure I am introducing today will make an important contribution to achieving that.”

“Just this month, the Road Safety Authority reported that vehicle factors played a role in one in eight fatal collisions across the period 2008 to 2012.  Defective tyres were the most significant factor, representing almost two thirds of all vehicle factors identified as contributing to a collision and to the deaths of 71 people on Irish roads in the past five years.”

“The RSA report also highlighted just how important it is that every aspect of a vehicle is in proper roadworthy condition.  None of us can predict what will happen on our roads; we may encounter other drivers behaving poorly or adverse weather conditions.  However, we can take personal responsibility for ensuring that our vehicle is properly maintained and be confident that our tyres can reliably respond to whatever conditions we may encounter. In a bid to highlight how critical this issue is to road safety, I have expedited the work to bring the offence of defective and non-roadworthy tyres within the penalty point system. I am urging people to take preventative measures today by checking their vehicles regularly and ensuring they are up to standard and roadworthy. It may just save your life.”