Research shows that narcotics seriously impair driving skills. Photograph: Getty Images

Narcotics such as cocaine discernible from analysis of swab taken from driver’s mouth

The High Court ruled in February 2014 that use of the poor box for penalty point offences was barred under the Road Traffic Act 2010.  Photograph: Thinkstock

High Court ruled that use of poor box for road traffic offences was ‘incorrect’ last year

Six out of 10 people due before courts for drink driving were able to escape without conviction. File photograph: Frank Miller

Plan to overhaul road traffic legislation comes amid anger over conviction rate

Property developer Johnny Ronan who said he did not intend to cause offence  with  his use of the Nazi phrase ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’. Photograph: Collins

Alan Shatter welcomes move by developer who said any offence ‘genuinely unintended’

Emergency legislation has been signed into law to deal with a High Court decision that cast doubt over hundreds of drink-driving cases. Photograph: Thinkstock

Legislative move after court ruled breath test statements should be in English and Irish

Decision on validity of data via Evidenzer Irl device casts doubt on cases before courts

Tommy Broughan: Documents show more than 1,500 drivers avoided penalty points between 2014 and May 2015 after they made a poor box donation. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Drivers still avoiding penalty points despite practice being barred by Road Traffic Act

Minister for Transport Pascal Donohue says the  commencement order will soon be signed into law. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister says loophole will be closed shortly

Two loopholes had placed question mark over 200,000 penalty points

Denis O’Brien  has written to Independent TD Catherine Murphy to state  he is    disappointed that information ‘which you know to have been stolen’ was used to make seriously accusatory statements in the Dáil. Photograph: Getty

Donohoe says it is unacceptable Irish media cannot report on Murphy statement

Denis  O’Brien secured an injunction preventing RTÉ from broadcasting a report on the substance of the subject at the centre of Catherine Murphy’s comments. That order was also directed at any person or media outlet on notice of it, including The Irish Times.

Joe Costello glad The Irish Times and RTÉ seeking court permission to report Dáil statement

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  announcing the Governement’s Spring Statement to the Dáil.

Noonan says up to €1.5bn is available for tax cuts and spending on services in next budget

The number of road checkpoints has declined as resources have been pulled into other areas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Additional measures needed to ensure compliance, says Road Safety Authority

If VAT rates were applied to M50, toll charges would rise by up to 71 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Interpretation of law sees NRA paying VAT on M50 and Dublin Port Tunnel

Paschal Donohoe: said he planned to revisit in legislation the use of mobile phones and electronic communications

Legislation closed loophole allowing motorists to escape fines for texting

The Luas Cross-City could help ease M50 congestion. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Report in 2014 called for extra toll points and increased peak-time charges, but Minister believes Luas cross-city link-up, plus m(...)

Paschal Donohoe has asked each local authority to identify a number of residential areas where a 30km/h limit can be introduced in 2015. Photograph: Collins

Paschal Donohoe has asked local authority to identify potential zones

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: says there are problems with the penalty points system, whose credibility has been damaged by recent controversies including gardaí cancelling points. Photograph: Garrett White

Interview: Minister believes there is no single reason behind rise in road deaths last year

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: “Research from the coroner in Co Kildare showed that over a 10-year period 50 per cent of those who lost their lives in crashes tested positive for the presence of drugs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Devices will test drivers’ saliva for range of drugs, says Minister Paschal Donohoe

Photograph: Alan Betson

Vehicles breaking limit by more than 20km/h

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described fresh allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system as “very, very serious” and says they must be investigated properly.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

McCabe claims several hundred penalty points are being terminated every month

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe is to be seconded to the Garda unit investigating his allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system.

Report suggests new penalty points system being abused at similar rate to predecessor

It’s time for wallet- and purse-purging exercises in providing all those materials needed for the new school year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The holiday season has been far too short. But, it’s been far too long. Either way, it’s over

Sgt Maurice McCabe: new plan would see a senior garda liaise with Sgt McCabe on a regular basis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Maurice McCabe due to hand over more examples of terminated penalty points today

Procedure will allow blood samples to be taken as close as possible to time of collision

Driver claims cameras cannot be used to prosecute offences under Finance Acts

Under new legislation, driving unaccompanied and failing to display an L-place will incur two penalty points. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

Unaccompanied learner drivers are eight times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash compared with those accompanied by an ex(...)

Sergeant Maurice McCabe: said of the Guerin report: ‘It is a good day after six years of fighting the system.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Kenny promises ‘root and branch’ review after Guerin report on misconduct claims

 Traffic volumes on some parts of the M50 (above), have increased by 25 per cent since 2010.

Varadkar says he would have ‘serious problem’ with toll being increased at peak times

Speeding fines: last year 1,754 drivers escaped points after making a poor-box contribution. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Motorists are still avoiding points three years after the rules changed

Not learning: One in every 15 road fatalities involves an unaccompanied learner driver, according to the Department of Justice. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Only one-fifth of learner drivers who drive unaccompanied or fail to display an L-plate are convicted and fined

Dublin archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the same-sex marriage debate in Ireland had got off to ‘a bad start’.

Martin says debate on same-sex marriage in Ireland has got off to ‘a bad start’

Breath test: 441,380 drivers were breathalysed at checkpoints in 2013, and 7,962 were arrested. Photograph (posed by a model): John Giles/PA Wire

Assistant Commissioner John Twomey says fall in detections of speeding, illegally using a mobile phone and not wearing a seat belt(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar says the Government is “committed to transparency”. Photograph: Frank Miller

PAC chairman says he doesn’t mind if evidence held in a public or private session

Motorway tolls: set too high? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Government says toll-free November encouraged hauliers to use motorways

Roadside impairment tests   will require motorists to perform simple co-ordination tasks at checkpoints to determine if they are intoxicated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Equipment can test for some, but not all, of the seven most commonly detected drugs so impairment tests will still be required

Leo Varadkar said he plans to legislate next year for the introduction of a roadside device to test for drug impairment by either illicit or legal drugs. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport frustrated at failure to impose penalty points in the courts

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar: “I am a member of a Government that has reduced the number of public servants including gardaí, so I don’t want to come across as if I am pointing the finger. We are collectively responsible.”    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister says new Road Traffic Bill will make a big difference to safety on the roads.

A cyclist braves a flooded road in Godalming in Surrey in Britain on Christmas Day  after floods hit the area.  In Britain the Environment Agency  warned of another storm coming in from the Atlantic which is expected to hit the UK tonight. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Atlantic storm coming over country this evening may feature gusts of 90 to 120 km/h

Conor Faughnan of AA Ireland said there was a general lack of awareness among car owners of vehicle fires and the associated costs and dangers

Calls for changes in rules on end-of-life cars as 3,500 vehicle fires reported in 2011

Amended law allows for at least three offences before being banned from driving. Plus: concern over increase in vehicle fires

File photograph of a national speed limit sign in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Varadkar says too many motorists treat speed limit as a target rather than maximum

Many 80kmh signs around the country are due to be released with a new, rural speed limit sign which will not contain a metric speed limit.

New rural speed sign, which does not have a metric limit, will replace 80kmh limits on many rural roads

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness received a number of documents from one of the penalty point whistleblowers last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Martin Callinan believes information given by whistleblower contained personal data

Dublin City Council says ‘no need’ to open bus lanes to motorists on bank holidays

Revenue will decide in January on Vat charges on M50 and Port Tunnel tolls

Legal change: the Department of Transport is considering whether leaving the scene of a collision should carry a mandatory minimum sentence

After three incidents that have resulted in death or serious injury over the past two weeks, proposed legislation will lift the ma(...)

Daniela Reicke (left) Cork, and Aoife Murphy, Blarney, Co. Cork at the launch of the new credit-card sized driving licenses at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

First day of new system marred by IT problems and helpline difficulties

Ready to go: One of the privately owned speed cameras deployed by Go Safe. The Garda has increased the consortium’s speed enforcement hours, while the revenues generated by the firm’s speeding enforcement have declined. Photograph: Frank Miller

An Garda is raising the number of hours of speed detection contracted out

A Garda speed camera. There is a huge disparity between different areas of the country in the imposition of penalty points for people convicted of driving offences. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Drivers who forget to bring their driving licences to court are avoiding penalty points, especially in Dundalk and Drogheda

The M3 Toll near  Ratoath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Roads authority not to increase tolls in 2014, but privately run tolls may rise

The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, said that no driver has been prosecuted for failing to bring their licence to court. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chairman of Road Safety Authority Gay Byrne writes to Minister for Justice expressing frustration that Section 63 legislation is n(...)

Gardaí are to start recording whether a driver was using a mobile phone at the time of a crash or whether the collision involved a hit-and-run.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Move forms change to way collision data collected to improve understnading of causes

The M50, which has seen a 10 per cent rise in traffic volumes, is excluded, with the East-Link, from one-month toll holiday for heavy goods vehicles

State will cover estimated €3m cost of suspending tolls for lorries in November

The work involved in the NRA contracts with three private contractors will range from grass-cutting to repairing safety barriers and responding to incidents. Photograph: Pat Langan

Contracts are initially for five years, with option for two-year extension

Detection: three-quarters of drivers believe fewer gardaí are on traffic-enforcement duties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda says fall in fixed-penalty notices is down to better driving and effective enforcement. Road Safety Authority concerned abou(...)

A law introduced to ensure drivers involved in a serious collision are tested for alcohol is not functioning effectively because…

Gardaí are continuing to exercise discretion in deciding not to test drivers involved in serious collisions for alcohol consumptio(...)

A new range of penalty points for motoring offences has been approved by Cabinet in the latest iteration of the Road Traffic …

Learner motorists caught driving unaccompanied will shortly face a sanction of two penalty points with a further two for failing…

TOUGHER PENALTIES for learner motorists who drive unaccompanied or fail to display L-plates are under consideration by the Ministe(...)

THE FORMER HEAD of the Garda stolen-vehicle unit has called for information on car thefts to be made available to third parties…

TRAFFIC ON THE M50 reached a record high of 3.5 million vehicles in May, an annual rise of 3 per cent

A BACKLOG in payments affecting more than 100,000 Ulster Bank customers will not be resolved until the end of the week, the bank…

Court summons relating to road traffic offences will from next month state the requirement to bring a licence to court so penalty…

MOTORISTS CAUGHT over the alcohol limit or driving dangerously may be subject to a new range of sanctions, including retraining…

MOTORISTS CAUGHT over the alcohol limit or driving dangerously may be subject to a new range of sanctions, including retraining…

Legislation that will see responsibility for commercial vehicle testing transfer from local authorities to the Road Safety Authori(...)

THE STATE spent €30 million on goodwill payments to landowners for not obstructing agricultural land sales for road projects …

A LEGISLATIVE change to close a loophole that allowed more than 80,000 drivers escape penalty points is not working, it has emerge(...)

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