Minister considers extra fine for hopeless speeding ticket appeals

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Drivers who challenge speeding tickets for the sake of it may end up with higher fines, justice minister Ard van der Steur has said in a briefing to MPs.

The minister says dealing with hopeless appeals against speeding tickets is taking up too much in the way of ministerial resources. He has now asked civil servants to look into the likely impact of an extra charge.

Every year police hand out almost eight million fines for speeding and 500,000 people – around 6% – appeal. Public prosecution department figures from 2014 show that just 12% of the appeals were granted.

Van der Steur said in his briefing he is considering introducing a charge of up to €200 which would be payable at the time of the appeal. The money would only be refunded if the challenge was won.

The minister will report back to parliament on the plans before next summer.

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