Road Traffic Act, 2002

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CitationIR No. 12/2002


Number 12 of 2002


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 2002

REVISED

Updated to 26 October 2018


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Road Traffic Act 2002. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Markets in Financial Instruments Act 2018 (25/2018), enacted 29 October 2018, and all statutory instruments up to and including Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 405 of 2018), made 4 October 2018, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

revisedacts@lawreform.ie.


Number 12 of 2002


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 2002

REVISED

Updated to 26 October 2018


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2018 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be read together as one ( Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 (18/2018), s. 6(3)). The Acts in the group are:

Road Traffic Act 1961 (24/1961)

Road Traffic Act 1968 (25/1968)

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 1973 (15/1973) (repealed)

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 1978 (16/1978) (repealed)

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 1984 (16/1984)

Dublin Transport Authority (Dissolution) Act 1987 (34/1987), insofar as it amends the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 1984

Road Traffic Act 1994 (7/1994)

Road Traffic Act 1995 (7/1995) (repealed)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (12/2002)

Road Traffic Act 2003 (37/2003) (repealed)

Road Traffic Act 2004 (44/2004), other than Part 6

Railway Safety Act 2005 (31/2005), Part 17

Road Traffic Act 2006 (23/2006), other than s. 21

Road Traffic and Transport Act 2006 (28/2006), s. 1

Roads Act 2007 (34/2007), s. 12

Road Traffic Act 2010 (25/2010)

Road Traffic Act 2011 (7/2011)

Road Traffic (No. 2) Act 2011 (28/2011)

Taxi Regulation Act 2013 (37/2013), Part 11 (citation only)

Road Traffic Act 2014 (3/2014)

Road Traffic (No. 2) Act 2014 (39/2014)

Vehicle Clamping Act 2015 (13/2015), Part 5 (citation only)

Public Transport Act 2016 (3/2016), s. 8

Road Traffic Act 2016 (21/2016) (citation only)

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 (18/2018)

Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975 and 1987 : This Act deals with similar subject matter to a group of Acts included in this collective citation ( Dublin Transport Authority (Dissolution) Act 1987, s. 15(4)). The Acts in the group are:

Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975 (14/1975)

Dublin Transport Authority (Dissolution) Act 1987 (34/1987), in so far as it amends the Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1982, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 (18/2018)

Road Traffic Act 2016 (21/2016)

Vehicle Clamping Act 2015 (13/2015)

Road Traffic (No. 2) Act 2014 (39/2014)

Freedom of Information Act 2014 (30/2014)

Road Traffic Act 2014 (3/2014)

Taxi Regulation Act 2013 (37/2013)

Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) Act 2012 (16/2012)

Road Traffic (No. 2) Act 2011 (28/2011)

Road Traffic Act 2011 (7/2011)

Road Traffic Act 2010 (25/2010)

Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 (15/2008)

Roads Act 2007 (34/2007)

Road Traffic Act 2006 (23/2006)

Road Traffic and Transport Act 2006 (28/2006)

Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (14/2006)

Railway Safety Act 2005 (31/2005)

Road Traffic Act 2004 (44/2004)

Road Traffic Act 2003 (37/2003)

Taxi Regulation Act 2003 (25/2003)

Air Navigation and Transport (Amendment) Act 1998 (24/1998)

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (13/1997)

Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975 (14/1975)

Road Traffic Act 1961 (24/1961)

All Acts up to and including Markets in Financial Instruments Act 2018 (25/2018), enacted 29 October 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Section 22) (Commencement) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 332 of 2015)

Road Traffic Act 2006 (Commencement) (Penalty Point - Speed Limitation Devices) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 560 of 2014)

Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) Act 2012 (Commencement) (Penalty Points - Certificate of Road Worthiness) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 508 of 2014)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Certain Provisions) (Commencement) Order 2013 (S.I. No. 12 of 2013)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (Penalty Points) Order 2012 (S.I. No. 296 of 2012)

European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 477 of 2011)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Section 9) (Commencement) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 11 of 2010)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (Penalty Points) Order 2009 (S.I. No. 149 of 2009)

Road Traffic Act 2006 (Part Commencement Section 16) (Penalty Points) Order 2009 (S.I. No. 148 of 2009)

Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 477 of 2006)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 134 of 2006)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement of Certain Provisions relating to Driving while Holding Mobile Phone) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 443 of 2006)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2004 (S.I. No. 248 of 2004)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement)(No. 2) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 321 of 2003)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 214 of 2003)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement) Order 2002 (S.I. No. 491 of 2002)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (Commencement) Order 2002 (S.I. No. 598 of 2002)

European Communities (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 1989 (S.I. No. 287 of 1989)

All statutory instruments up to and including Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 405 of 2018), made 4 October 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 12 of 2002


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 2002

REVISED

Updated to 26 October 2018


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Interpretation.

2.

Endorsement of penalty points.

3.

Disqualification by reason of penalty points.

4.

Period of endorsement of penalty points.

5.

Notification to licence holder of endorsement of penalty points.

6.

Interruption of period of endorsement of penalty points or disqualifications under section 3 .

7.

The appropriate date.

8.

Endorsement of certain convictions and disqualifications on entries.

9.

Disqualification pursuant to European Convention on Driving Disqualifications.

10.

Obligation to provide preliminary breath specimen.

11.

Fixed charge offences.

12.

Amendment of Act of 1975.

13.

Protection of environment.

14.

Performance of certain functions.

15.

Bye-laws in relation to stands for taxis.

16.

Stopping places and stands for buses.

17.

Amendment of section 56 of Principal Act.

18.

Amendment of section 40 of Principal Act.

19.

Amendment of section 18 of Act of 1968.

20.

Amendment of section 35 of Act of 1994.

21.

Evidence in relation to certain offences.

22.

Inspection of driving licences of persons charged with certain offences.

23.

Increase of certain penalties.

24.

Regulations.

25.

Repeals and amendment of sections 97(1)( b), 102, 107, 110, 111, 115, 125 and 126 of Principal Act.

26.

Short title, commencement, construction and collective citation.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Penalty Points

PART 1

Contravention of Certain Statutory Provisions

PART 1A

PART 2

Contravention of Certain Provisions of Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations, 1963 to 2002

PART 3

Contravention of Certain Provisions of Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) Regulations, 1963

PART 4

Contravention of...

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