Is your driving a little bit dodgy? You might want to brush up on your skills as drivers that are deemed ‘dangerous’ will be forced to resit their driving tests under new proposals put forward by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
The Irish Independent reports that under these new proposals, repeat traffic offenders could also see themselves being banned from driving at certain times of the day.
Speaking yesterday, Noel Brett, the chief executive of the RSA, said that proposals on tackling dangerous drivers had been already sent to the Department of Transport. He also said that these proposals would give judges “additional sentencing options.”
At present, judges can impose fines, penalty points and disqualifications on dangerous drivers, but Mr Brett suggested that they may be able to impose stricter rules in the future, although he added that legislation would be needed to get the changes processed quickly.
“The judge might require the driver to retake their driving test or undertake additional tuition and come back to court and show that they had done that,” he said, speaking to the Irish Independent.
“They could, in certain circumstances, put a curfew on the driver and say they may not drive at certain hours, or they could prohibit them from carrying passengers,” he added.
Stricter fines and charges on dangerous drivers – a great idea. But we really think that the Department of Transport should focus on this plan if it’s going to be a success. Already this week we’ve heard reports that the penalty points system is completely flawed.
In order to change things and hopefully stop dangerous driving, they really need to dedicate themselves to making this new legislation loophole-proof.