We all like to think we are great drivers, while in reality there is plenty to brush up on. The dreaded fear is receiving a fixed penalty notice in the post.What if all these notices added up to the maximum twelve penalty points?
The most common driving offences are for speeding, not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile phone while driving. But twelve penalty points accumulated in a three year period means the driver would be banned for a period of six months and that the points would stay on the driver’s licence for a period of three years.
Any driver looking to contest the charges in court should know that this is an extremely risky option that can lead to double the penalty points and an increased fine. The chance of successfully contesting the charges is very slim.
To contest a speeding offence, you need to prove the speed gun was faulty or that the driver in the fixed penalty notice was not owner of the vehicle, in which case the owner must nominate who was the correct driver.
On conviction a judge must impose the points even if a client needs the licence for work.
Best advice? Avoid the penalty points next time!
If you would like to know how many points you have on your licence, contact the Road Safety Authority at 1890 41 61 41 and quote your driver licence number.
Alternatively, contact your local Motor Tax Office.