Penalty Points Weirdness


Sindo1 Sindo2On May 5, the Sunday Independent reported  how the original allegations made by the penalty points’ whistleblowers included details that some motorists, who were involved in fatal accidents, had penalty points quashed both before and after the fatal accidents.

However, today’s report into the allegations have found that this was not the case.

RTÉ reports:

“The garda report into the quashing of penalty points has found that a number of officers did not follow proper procedures and guidelines.
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has confirmed that penalty points were not cancelled for motorists who had previously been involved in fatal road traffic incidents.”

“The report is due to be published by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter this afternoon.”

“Those who had penalty points cancelled, and the gardaí involved, will not be identified.”

“The report also found no evidence of garda corruption or widespread abuse of garda discretion and concluded that no gardaí gained financially or otherwise because of their actions.”

“Disciplinary proceedings are being taken against a small number of superintendents and inspectors.”


Meanwhile, outside the Dáil.


Report on quashing of penalty points finds gardaí did not follow procedures (RTÉ)