Drivers continuing to avoid penalty points through poor box
Drivers are continuing to avoid penalty points and fines by donating to court poor boxes despite a court ruling that the practice is barred under the Road Traffic Act 2010, The Irish Times reports.
There were more than 37,000 people before the Irish courts for speeding offences between January 2013-April 2015.
Of those, 1,889 avoided conviction by donating to the court poor box.
The High Court has previously ruled that this practice was “incorrect” under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 2010.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan had said: “In such cases it must accordingly be concluded that the District Court enjoys no jurisdiction to impose an informal sanction short of actual conviction such as accepting a donation to the poor box.
“This would amount to an indirect circumvention of these statutory provisions.”