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Poll: Should all motorists be made pay €50 for an 'emergency pack'?

The Garda Commissioner wants to make it an offence not to have a working torch, breakdown triangle, hi-vis vest and fire extinguisher.

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THE GARDA COMMISSIONER has suggested a new motoring offence should be brought in, penalising drivers who don’t carry special ‘emergency packs’ in their cars. The packs would cost between €40 and €50.

Gardaí want to make it an offence not to have a working torch, breakdown triangle, hi-vis vest and fire extinguisher in vehicles, RTÉ reported following the receipt of documents under Freedom of Information laws.

The move would go a long way toward improving public safety, Noirín O’Sullivan said. There’s been a mixed reaction to the proposed measures, with Renua TD Terence Flanagan saying it was frankly impractical “to have that much equipment whilst you are out doing the shopping”.

What do you think?


Poll Results:

Terrible idea. (5708)
It's a good idea. (5421)
I'm not sure. (1799)



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