Gardai will not be issuing cycling on-the-spot fines for not using bicycle helmets or high-vis, the Garda press office confirmed this afternoon. We asked for confirmation of this after an official Garda account on Twitter posted an image which was described as confusing by many members of the public.
Legislation would have to be changed for such fines and successive ministers for transport, including the current one, have stated that there is no plan for such a change.
Sergeant Brian Whelan of the Garda press office told IrishCycle.com that the inclusion of helmets and high-vis in the image tweeted by the official Garda Traffic Twitter account was just to show safe cycling.
He said the finable offenses are covered by the text below the image, and confirmed none of these, not even cycling without due reasonable consideration, includes the wearing of helmets or high-vis.
In one Tweet, Dan Morrin writes: “@GardaTraffic very misleading poster, it’s implying that fluorescent clothing is a legal requirement which isn’t the case” and another Twitter user, Shane Kavanagh, replied and said “@Danjamin1 @GardaTraffic i agree Dan, i read it about 5 times to try ascertain whether a helmet is now compulsory and to whom it applies??”
Another user, Ian Murphy tweets: “@GardaTraffic poster insinuates items pictured are required. Extremely poorly produced poster. Should not be endorsed by AGS. @RSAIreland”.
Another example, from a user called Jim, asks: “Can @Paschald clarify that image on @GardaTraffic poster does NOT relate 2 newly introduced FCPN’s? @IrishCycle https://t.co/yOjPegtbHP”.