A total of 691 on-the-spot fines of €40 each were issued to cyclists in Ireland in just over the first 9 months of the new system, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Justice.
Level of fines issued amounts to an average of just 2.4 fines issued per day or 77 fines per month. If the figures are correct, only 120 fines were issued since January when the last stats were published.
Although Gardai in Dublin this week look to have responded to the reduced detection rate with an enforcement blitz. On Wednesday, the offic Garda Traffic Twitter account tweeted: “DMR Traffic 3 hour Cycle Safety op in City-Centre this p.m. Multiple red light offenders stopped all FCPN (€40 fine).”
The latest data on the fines — which are officially known as Fixed Charge Notices — were in reply to a parliamentary question from Timmy Dooley, the Fianna Fáil spokesman on transport. The reply was published on Tuesday of this week, and is available via kildarestreet.com.
In the order of offences listed by most fines issued, here’s the total figures cover from 31 July 2015 to 12 May 2016:
- Cyclist proceeding past traffic lights when red lamp illuminated — 382
- No front lamp or rear lamp lit during lighting-up hours — 153
- Cyclist riding a pedal cycle without reasonable consideration — 86
- Cyclist in pedestrianised street or area — 51
- Cyclist proceeding past cycle traffic lights when red lamp illuminated — 18
- Cyclist going beyond a stop line, barrier or half barrier at a railway level crossing, swing bridge or lifting bridge, when the red lamps are flashing — 1
- Cyclist failing to stop for a School Warden sign — 0
The department noted that the latest figures are provisional, operational and subject to change.
It follows a recent Irish Times article on May 2 that covered the numbers of fines issued based on a parliamentary question published in January — althought IrishCycle.com covered that same parliamentary question on Febuary 2 in a story headlined: “577 cyclists fined for road traffic offences in first 6 months.”
The new data amounts to a decline in the daily average from over 3 fines issued per day to 2.4 fines per day.
Here’s the full difference between the two releases of information: