Fixed Charge Penalty Notice Payments from 1st June, 2017
“If you are served a summons for a fixed charge offence on or after 1st of June 2017 then the summons must give you another chance to pay a fixed charge offence and avoid a court conviction.
On the 1st of June 2017 The Minister for Transport commenced part 5 of the Road Traffic Act 2016. Within Part 5 of the 2016 Act lies section 27 of the Road Traffic Act which creates a new section 44 of the Road Traffic Act 2010. It requires that in all cases to which a fixed charge notice is issued then upon service of a summons there must also be an accompanying notice pursuant to section 44 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, as amended by section 27 of the Road Traffic Act. The purpose of a section 44 notice is to allow an alleged offending motorist one final opportunity to avoid a possible Court conviction and the higher penalty point tariff.
It is worth noting that if you have received a summons on or after the 1st of June 2017 and it has not been accompanied by a section 44 notice, then you should contact our office on 01-4444 813 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advices. The possible failure of the Gardai to issue section 44 notices since 1st of June 2017 is another example of the importance of getting legal advice prior to attending Court.”