Fixed penalties introduced for cyclists in Ireland

Cyclists who break the law on the roads of Ireland will be issued fixed penalties under new rules to be introduced by the end of July.

The Ireland branch of the Freight Transport Association (FTAI) says fixed penalties for cyclists who commit traffic offences are a positive step towards making all road users responsible for road safety.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, announced he would introduce €40 Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) for seven offences including not having lamps lit during light-up hours, jumping a red light and cycling without reasonable consideration.

Neil McDonnell, FTAI’s General Manager for Ireland, said: “We know from the Road Safety Authority’s statistics that enforcement works. It has led to substantial reductions in mobile phone use while driving, drink driving and speeding.

“It has also improved the wearing of seatbelts and we are confident that these new penalties will have a similar positive effect on the behaviour and attitude of cyclists.  We are delighted the Minister has recognised that all road users need to play their part in maintaining road safety.”

The new regulations are planned to come into effect by 31st July and the Minister said he would be reviewing other legislation relating to cyclists and looking to further encourage bike use through more pro-cycling measures.

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