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Penalty Points For Defective Tyres

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Friday 15 April) announced a new Fixed Charge Notice (FCN) offence for motorists who drive with defective or worn tyres on their vehicle.

Although it is already an offence to drive a vehicle with defective or worn tyres, there will now be a fixed charge (or fine) of €80, with two penalty points endorsed on the licence on payment of the fixed charge for commission of the offence, or four penalty points following conviction in court.

The new regulations take effect from Sunday, 17th April 2016. Speaking today, Minister Donohoe said: ‘Following consultation with the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána, I have decided to extend the fixed charge notice system 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.

The full press release can be read on the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport website.

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