Thousands Of Drivers To Get Penalties Overturned

Thousands of drivers will get their penalties overturned following a serious mistake by An Garda Síochana.

Between 2006 and 2016, there were 147,000 offences where a court summons was issued instead of a fine.

Of those, 96% had other offences that could have landed them in court - but almost 6,000 had no other offence and should have instead received a fixed charge notice.

All these cases will be appealed in court with the Gardaí not contesting the cases - meaning fines will have to be re-paid.

Superintendent Con O'Donoghue said: "It represents a small proportion, but even at that we want to correct it and to make sure it never happens again."


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