‘Third payment option’ welcomed by Culdaff road safety campaigner
A new ‘third payment option’ is set to close something of a legal loophole whereby speeding drivers could go to court and avoid penalty points by claiming that they didn’t receive a fixed penalty notice in the post.
Under the new system, set to become law later this month, those caught speeding will have 28 days to pay a fine of €80 and accept two penalty points, rising to a fine of €120 up to 56 days.
However a change in the system will now mean that when a summons is served on a driver after the 56 day period has elapsed a third payment option will also be stapled to the summons document, giving the recipient up to seven days before their court date to pay the fine.
It has not yet been decided how much the third fine will cost but it is expected to be in the region of €200.
The third payment option will do away with the practice, common here and elsewhere, that has seen many drivers claim not to have had a chance to pay the fine before being summonsed to appear in court by Gardai.
Culdaff road safety campaigner Susan Gray, of the PARC group, welcomed the development.
“I think people who are caught speeding deserve to get the penalty points and this will ensure that they do,” she said.
“The only way that speeding drivers will learn their lesson and change their driving behaviour is if they are given penalty points, which put up their insurance premiums.”
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