Ireland

Published 2004.05.24 | Last update 2017.01.21

Ireland switched to the metric system, from miles to kilometers in 2005. But they still drive on the wrong side of the road.

The important numbers :
Limit – km/h
50 80 100 120
Fine +20km/h €80 €80 €80 €80
Fine +40km/h €80 €80 €80 €80
LICENSE(1
1) Licenses are not withdrawn with specific limits in Ireland, only through penalty points or a court
Ireland differs from other countries on two points:

  • There is a fixed fine of €20 for all speed violations at any speed in all zones – until they bring you to court.
  • You will lose your license only if you have reached 12 penalty points or are convicted by a court for careless driving. A police officer will never confiscate your license on the spot.

Please comment below if this is not correct.

Ireland seems to be filled with speed cameras. There are 727 speed camera zones across the country. The Garda (national police) has more information and have marked their location on a map.
It is forbidden to carry any instrument that hinders the policework (radar warners, laser jammers, ..) Conviction on first offence is punishable by a fine of €200, second offence by €450.
The standard fine of €80 has to be paid within 28 days. After that the fine will increase to €120. If you don’t pay within 56 days you will be summoned to court, get 4 penalty points and may have to up to €800.
Ireland in detail :
Violation Fine (Euro) Points
+ 2 km/h and more €80(1 3
LICENSE(2 only through penalty points or a court order
1) €1200 if paid after 28 days, court and 4 points after 56 days
2) Licenses not withdrawn with specific limits in Ireland, only through penalty points or a court.
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
About points:

In Ireland you start with zero points. Any point you get will last for 3 years. After 12 points your license is withdrawn unconditionally for 6 months.
More on Irish points at the official Citizens Information web. There is a complete list of all the offences at the Irish AA.

Some Irish penalty points:
Offence Points Fine
Speeding 3 €80
Holding a mobile phone while driving 3 €80
Crossing continuous white line 2 €80
Failure to obey traffic lights 2 €80
Driving a vehicle on a motorway against the flow of traffic 2 €80
Breach of duties at an accident 5 court

source: the Irish AA

4 Comments

  1. jimmy fay
    2017.04.28 @ 08:53

    If we don’t drive on the wrong side of the road we will likely crash into people from the UK province of Northern Ireland .

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  2. Tom
    2017.01.20 @ 16:51

    It’s no longer 2 penalty points for holding a mobile phone while driving it is 3 penalty points and a 80 € fine and for speeding it is 3 penalty points and a 80 € fine it used to be 2 penalty points and a 60 € fine but that’s changed to 3 penalty points and a 80 € fine .

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    • TerjeEnge
      2017.01.21 @ 23:22

      Thank you, Tom 🙂
      The info on Ireland is now corrected.

      Reply

  3. Thomas
    2016.12.21 @ 15:30

    Hi just to let you no if you are caught holding a mobile phone while driving you will get 3 penalty points and a 80€ fine . Not 2 penalty points 3 penalty points for holding a mobile phone while driving. And also you have only got 7 penalty points within the first 2 years off holding your full license and if you get 7 penalty points you will lose your license for 6 months . Your license can only get 7 penalty points and then lose it for 6 months after you have had your license for 2 years you can then get up to 12 penalty points until banned for 6 months and points stay on the license for 3 years from date off offense also if you get banned for 6 months after a. Ban your license is cleaned from points and you start fresh with no penalty points.

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