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Local gardaí can no longer overturn penalty points

The move comes as part of a massive overhaul of the system.

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THE GARDA COMMISSIONER has announced a sweeping reform of the penalty points system.

Noirín O’Sullivan today announced a number of changes to the Fixed Charge Penalty System (FCPS). She said that the changes would make the system easier for the public to navigate.

The changes are part of on-going reforms being made following the Garda Inspectorate’s report into the FCPS.

The changes include:

  • The publication on of a guide explaining how the system cancellation process works
  • Cancellation requests can now be made on a cancellation form, which is publicly available on the Garda website or through the Fixed Charge Processing Office in Thurles
  • The centralisation of the authority to cancel Fixed Charge Penalty Notices at the Fixed Charge Processing Office in Thurles, meaning local gardaí will no longer have the power to cancel notices.
  • Regular audits will now be undertaken in relation to the operation of FCPS
  • The publication of a revised internal manual outlining changes to internal policies and procedures in relation to FCPS

O’Sullivan said: “These and other on-going changes of the FCPS demonstrate An Garda Síochána’s commitment to improving the effectiveness and transparency of the process.

As with all the stakeholders involved in the on-going development of the FCPS, An Garda Síochána’s primary focus is in ensuring that the system continues its success in improving road safety and reducing road deaths.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the measures would improve the oversight and transparency of the system.

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