Changes To 2013 Road Traffic Bill

Updates On The Changes Coming Into Effect From August 1st

car changesAs of August 1st 2014 all newly-qualified drivers will be required by law to display "N" plates in their car for two years after they pass their drivers test. This update is part of changes to the Road Traffic Bill 2013 that was introduced by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

There are a number of other changes that will come into effect as part of this particular bill so to make sure you are up to date with the changes, that are about to be introduced, we have put together a quick list of some of the most relevant information for you to be aware of.

Changes To The 2013 Road Traffic Bill

  • From August 1st 2014 it will be compulsory for newly qualified drivers to display "N" plates for two years in their car. Learner drivers will also be required to display "L" plates at all times before they pass their test.
  • Drivers who are found to be driving without displaying appropriate plates face a €60 fine.
  • Novice drivers will have a lower penalty point threshold of 6 points as well as a lower drink driver level. As of August 1st 2014 a driver will be put off the road, for 6 months, if they accumulate 6 penalty points inside a 2 year period.
  • Novice, or learner, drivers who are caught speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone will face double penalty points compared to regular motorists.
  • Learner drivers will now be required to produce a log book showing they have enough hours of driving experience built up before sitting their test.


Additional Changes To 2013 Road Traffic Bill

  • As part of the changes to the road traffic bill 2013 Gardaí are now allowed to ask drivers to "walk the line" if they suspect they are over the legal limit. Blood samples can also be taken from unconscious drivers as part of measures introduced in the bill.
  • Loopholes relating to car clocking have been closed. Those found to have tampered with a car’s odometer now face three months in prison and/or a fine of €2,500.
  • Those convicted of hit and run offences now face a fine of €10,000 and/or seven years in prison. If the incident results in the death of the hit and run victim the fine increases to €20,000 and the potential prison sentence increases to 10 years.
  • Additional increases to penalty points for the following:
    • Those found to be speeding will now receive three penalty points on payment of a fixed charge and this goes up to five upon conviction.
    • Those found to be using mobile phones will now attract three penalty points on payment of fixed charge and this goes up to five on conviction.
    • Those found to be not wearing seatbelts will now receive three penalty points on payment of a fixed charge and this goes up to five upon conviction.
    • Those found not to be displaying an up to date NCT certificate will now receive two penalty points on payment of a fixed charge.

These changes all come into effect from August 1st 2014 as part of a government plan to enhance safety on Irish roads. It is hoped that the measures outlined in the bill will have a significant effect on road safety by targeting certain key areas which are within the drivers control.