Poor box contributions saving drivers from penalty points as district court judges ignore High Court ruling
26 Oct 2015
District court judges are ignoring a ruling made by High Court Mr Justice Gerard Hogan in 2014 which outlined that the use of the poor box as a way of wriggling out of receiving penalty points was barred. Under legislation made in 2010 it was found that the imposition of penalty points and a fine was mandatory upon conviction for road traffic offences. That has not stopped the number of people using poor box contributions as a means of avoiding penalty points, in fact the figures have increased significantly in the last year. Over 100 people a month nationwide pay donations rather than receiving penalty points, with the total for the first seven months of this year rising to 692 from 530 over the same period in 2014. Kildare is among one of the seventeen counties in which donations to the poor box has spared road traffic offenders from receiving penalty points, with the Dublin metropolitan area having the most cases with 122 examples there.
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