« BackKerry motorists avoid penalty points through court poor box

Kerry has been highlighted as one of the counties where drivers are avoiding penalty points by making donations to the court poor box.


This is despite a ruling by the High Court that the practice was incorrect.

Figures from the Department of Justice reveal that 70 per cent of motorists who appeared before Kenmare District Court on offences that incur penalty points, were able to donate to the poor box.

The figures, obtained by Independent TD Tommy Broughan, show that nationally, over 1,500 drivers avoided penalty points between January 2014 and May this year.

Chairperson of PARC road safety group, Susan Gray, said the figures were unacceptable.

She has called on all judges to cease the practice.