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Written Answers. - Penalty Points System.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 344. Mr. Kirk Information on Seamus Kirk Zoom on Seamus Kirk  asked the Minister for Transport Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan  if he will consider illegal parking in disabled park ing spaces for inclusion in the penalty points system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24387/02]

Minister for Transport (Mr. Brennan): Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan The Government road safety strategy 1998-2002, recommended that a system of penalty points should be introduced. It was envisaged in the strategy that the system would support road safety by tracking a range of motoring offences that have a direct impact on road safety.

The Road Traffic Act, 2002, which provides the legislative basis for the penalty points system, reflects that approach. The Act identifies 69 offences to which the system applies. All of these are directly related to road safety. The system has already been introduced in respect of speeding offences with effect from 31 October 2002. I expect that the full implementation of the system will be achieved by the end of 2003.

The penalty points system will be kept under review as it becomes fully operational and having regard to the forthcoming road safety strategy. The question of extending the system to cover parking offences such as illegal parking in disabled persons' parking spaces would have to be justified on grounds of road safety.

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