Many drivers still evading penalty points after speeding convictions

Latest figures released in relation to speeding offences show that Longford court has one of the highest rates locally of recording penalty points on driving licences.

The figures for the past two and a half years, released by the Courts Service to Dublin Bay North TD Tommy Broughan , show the number of driving licences recorded for speeding nationally was 34%.



In the Shannonside region figures show that 43% of drivers convicted of speeding offences had it recorded on their licences.

Athlone court had the next highest rate of recording the offences on the driver’s licences at 39%.

A total of 72 drivers were convicted of speeding at Ballinasloe court over the past year and a half and 33% of them had their licences endorsed.

29% of drivers at Carrick on Shannon court had their licences recorded in the same period, and there was a 20% rate at Roscommon court.

Of the 10 drivers convicted of speeding at Castlerea court, none had their licences recorded.

The written summons sent to drivers advises them of the requirement to present a driving licence to court but many don’t bring them on the day of their appearance.

The Department of Transport has the facility in certain instances to look up the National Vehicle Driver File and endorse a licence based on exact matching against the offence details, but it’s not clear how much this facility is being used.

Driving licence numbers are also recorded by gardai at the roadside for offences when the vehicle is stopped.