Offaly Gardaí have seized an electric tricycle with 1.5kw power following the detection of road traffic-related offences.
Gardaí brought the electric tricycle – which it says is an MPV under the Road Traffic Act – to a halt earlier this afternoon (Wednesday, October 26th, 2022) for no insurance or driving licence.
According to a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Laois/Offaly, because this is an MPV, the user must hold a driving licence and be insured to utilise on public roads.
Fines to increase
In other motor-related news, a raft of fines relating to 16 road safety offences – some of which have not increased since the government introduced them almost twenty years ago – will double at midnight tonight.
That is according to the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton, who made the announcement at the RSA’s annual conference in Croke Park today (Wednesday, October 26th, 2022).
The minister told attendees that increasing fines for road offences will “act as a stronger deterrent to those who choose to break our lifesaving road rules”.
From tomorrow, the following fines will double:
- Fine for learner permit holder driving a vehicle unaccompanied by a qualified person will increase from €80 to €160;
- Speeding (from €80 to €160);
- Mobile phone use while driving (€60 to €120);
- Non-wearing of seatbelts (€60 to €120) – Includes driver of car or goods vehicle not wearing safety belt, failure by a driver to comply with rear seat belt requirements for passengers under 17 years and driver of car or goods vehicle not wearing safety belt;
- Failing to ensure that a child is properly restrained (€60 to €120);
- Fine for novice and learner drivers not displaying ‘L’ or ‘N’ plates, or tabards in the case of motorcyclists, will double to €120;
- Using vehicle not equipped with a speed limitation device or using a vehicle equipped with a speed limitation device not complying with requirements specified in regulation (€60 to €120);
- Failure to leave appropriate distance between you and the vehicle in front (€60 to €120);
- Failure to stop for school warden sign(€80 to €160).
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