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Cyclists to receive on-the-spot fines for these road traffic offences

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Minister Donohoe speaking at the unveiling of the fines today
Minister Donohoe speaking at the unveiling of the fines today

Cyclists are set to be hit with on-the-spot fines for the first time from the beginning of August.

The €40 fixed charges were revealed by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe for cyclists who commit certain road offences. 

Speaking today, Minister Donohoe said: ‘Following consultations with the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána, I have decided to extend the fixed charge notice system to cyclists for seven of the 36 existing road traffic offences.

"These include breaking a red light, failure to have a front lamp or rear lamp lit during lighting-up hours and cycling without reasonable consideration. This new measure is intended to promote safe cycling practices and to discourage dangerous cycling’.

"This new measure is intended to promote safe cycling practices and to discourage dangerous cycling," he added. 

"Our pro-cycling policies are very successful and are resulting in a very significant increase in cycling. It is important that we seek to ensure that growth in cycling takes place on the basis of responsible cycling behaviour.

"While the majority of cyclists obey the rules of the road, unfortunately there are some who do not. As a committed cyclist myself, I am of the view that the introduction of fixed charge notices for cyclists will increase awareness among cyclists and reinforce the message that cyclists have a responsibility in relation to obeying road traffic law.”

The fines, the minister said, can be issued at the scene without the need for court appearances.

Last year 13 cyclists were killed on Irish roads, and this year three cyclists have lost their lives. 

The following are the offences that will get you a €40 fine. 

1. Cyclist driving a pedal cycle without reasonable consideration.
 
2. No front lamp or rear lamp lit during lighting-up hours on a pedal cycle.
 
3. Cyclist proceeding into a pedestrianised street or area.
 
4. Cyclist proceeding past traffic lights when the red lamp is illuminated.
 
5. Cyclist proceeding past cycle traffic lights when red lamp is lit.
 
6. Cyclist failing to stop for a School Warden sign.
 
7. Cyclist proceeding beyond a stop line, barrier or half barrier at a railway level crossing, swing bridge or lifting bridge, when the red lamps are flashing.
 
It was also revealed the number of deaths on our roads is lower than this time last year. 
 
Minister Donohoe said: "I am pleased to see that the number of deaths to date in 2015 is 24 lower than at the same time in 2014.  This is welcome news, but certainly no cause for complacency. 
 
"The sombre truth is that 72 people have died on our roads so far this year who need not have died.  This is a real number, with real lives behind it, and real families left bereaved.  Let us never lose sight of that."