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Gardai want to fine motorists €50 for not having a high-vis jacket in the boot

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Gardai want to fine motorists €50 for not having a high-vis jacket in the boot

The Garda Commissioner wants to bring in a new road traffic offence whereby motorists can be fined €50 on the spot for not having emergency roadside equipment in their car.

Documents released to RTÉ under the Freedom of Information Act show gardaí want to make it an offence for drivers not to have a high-visibility vest, first-aid kit, breakdown triangle, torch and fire extinguisher while driving.

The Road Safety Authority held a public consultation about the possible introduction of emergency packs in private cars at which the Garda Commissioner recommended that Ireland should introduce legislation to make it compulsory to carry emergency packs in cars.

The new rule would be similar to that in France.

The emergency packs would be intended to improve road safety, especially in places where emergancy services struggle to reach collisions in a timely manner. 

Penalty points could be considered at a later stage to help with enforcement.