Transport minister Leo Varadkar has been asked to use a lower rate of the on-the-spot fines for cyclists given the lower danger presented by cyclists to the public.
Commonly known as on-the-spot fines, the fixed charges for cyclists which are due to be in place next Summer are aimed at addressing the issue that gardai can only sanction cyclists by summoning them to court. In a written Dail reply the minister said the current system is viewed as not representing “best use of either Garda or Court resources”.
The reply from Varadkar said:
“I will set that amount so as to give recognition to the offence itself and to encourage payment within the prescribed timeframes provided for under the legislation, thereby keeping those cases out of the courts.”
The parliamentary question was under the name of Gerry Adams (SF), it asked if a “lower rate on-the-spot fines” could be used which “would take into account the lower level of danger presented by cyclists to the public”.
The department of transport has previously said that: “No decision has been taken on the fines but they are likely to be €50 or higher – lower than equivalent motoring fines, but sufficiently high to act as a deterrent.”
Offenses such as breaking red lights and cycling in footpaths are expected to be covered but a full list of what cyclists could be fined for has yet to be published.
Read the full question and reply here.