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