Under the plans, cyclists will be penalised for a range of offences which currently are not subject to fixed charge notices.
There are 36 traffic offences for cyclists including breaking red lights and cycling in the wrong direction on a one-way street. Under the proposals, cyclists guilty of offences will receive on-the-spot fines of around €40.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said that there were no proposals to license cyclists and that he was not in favour of an automatic fine for cycling on footpaths.
“What I have decided is I don’t want to move to a situation where an adult feels they can’t be on a footpath,” Mr Donohoe told RTÉ. “For example, they might be taking their kids to school and cycle on the footpath.
“Because of that, I believe a blanket penalty in the form of a fine for a cyclist being on a footpath in any circumstances isn’t appropriate.”
Meanwhile, holders of the child Leap Card can avail of a range of free transport services from July 6 to 19 inclusive as part of a drive by the Department of Transport to encourage families and children to use public transport for their leisure activities in the school holidays.
Kids Go Free with Leap for the next fortnight, so jump on board from Monday, July 6 next. pic.twitter.com/Mmygeqakrz— Bus Éireann (@Buseireann) July 1, 2015
The free travel will automatically apply when using a child Leap Card on the following services:
- All Dublin Bus scheduled services (excluding Airlink);
- All Luas services;
- All Dart services;
- All Commuter Rail services in Dublin’s ‘short hop’ zone;
- Bus Éireann services where Leap Card validators are available.
They include Bus Éireann services in Dublin and surrounding counties (excluding Expressway); Bus Éireann Services in Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford; Swords Express; Ashbourne Connect; Express Bus and Wexford Bus (connect services only — the WX1 service in Wexford town, Wexford to Rosslare, Wexford to Kilmore Quay, and Wexford to Castlebridge services).
People in possession of the child Leap Cards will not be charged for the services but need to have at least one cent on their card to travel.