Transport minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed that there is no offence banning the use of headphones while cycling — he was responding to former Labour minister Ruairi Quinn who raised the issue in a written parliamentary question.
Ruairi Quinn, a former minister and sitting TD for Dublin South East, said in his parliamentary question: “To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is aware of the large number of cyclists who use headphones while in transit, putting themselves and fellow road users at risk; if this practice is covered under the new fixed charge notices system; and if he will make a statement on the matter.”
Minister Paschal Donohoe, who is a Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central, said: “The use of headphones by cyclists is not a specific offence under road traffic legislation. However, the minister added that if the person wearing the headphones was putting other road users at risk, this could be covered by the offence of “pedal cycle without reasonable consideration”.
He said: “I have however made the offence of driving a pedal cycle without reasonable consideration a fixed charge offence. All road users have a responsibility to behave in a way which is conductive to their safety and that of other road users. A cyclist that puts themselves or other road users at risk, by the use of headphones for example, could be considered to be driving without reasonable consideration. The enforcement of this fixed charge offence would be a matter for An Garda Siochána.”
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