A doubling of some road safety offences fines were put in place recently, writes Brian Byrne, including speeding offences.

Speeding fines go from €80 to €160, mobile phone use from €60 to €120, non-wearing of seatbelts from €60 to €120, and failing to ensure that a child is properly restrained from €60 to €120.

The fine for a learner permit holder driving a vehicle unaccompanied by a qualified person will also increase, from €80 to €160. The fine for novice and learner drivers not displaying ‘L’ or ‘N’ plates, or tabards in the case of motorcyclists, will double to €120.

The new fines were announced by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms Hildegarde Naughton, at the Road Safety Authority’s Annual Conference, in Croke Park.

Minister Naughton also announced that three new Fixed Charge Notices will come into force in the new year, relating to the misuse of a disabled parking permit, illegally parking in an electric charging bay, and breaching a HGV ban and entering a specified public road without a valid permit.