New Penalty point Offences

New Penalty Point Offences

New Penalty point offences. Changes to the penalty points system were introduced 1 August 2014 and again on 8 December 2014. On 1 August 2014 the most notable changes involved an increase in penalty points for speeding, seatbelt wearing and for using a mobile phone while driving. A further significant change from 1 August 2014 is that a person taking out a first learner permit after that date will be disqualified on reaching seven penalty points. The same rule will apply to a person (who first took out a learner permit after 1 August 2014) taking out a full licence for the first two years of that full licence. This is the two year period while a driver is considered to be a novice driver. Fourteen new penalty point offences were introduced, nine offences had the existing level of points increased and two offences had procedural changes where points can be applied without a court conviction. Among the most significant changes are that a learner driver driving unaccompanied or not displaying L plates or motorcyclists not wearing an L tabard now become penalty point offences. Penalty points also apply to a novice driver who does not display N plates or motorcyclists not wearing an N tabard. www.rsa.ie

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