New penalties for speeding could be dramatically reduced after an intervention by Fine Gael Cabinet ministers.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has committed to reviewing his proposed speeding laws after he clashed with Fine Gael ministers.

A Cabinet sub-committee will now review the strict penalty point regime for speeding, which could see motorists receive severe penalties based on how fast they are travelling beyond the speed limit.

It's understood every Fine Gael minister from rural Ireland raised concerns with elements of the new speeding laws at Cabinet, while Mayo-based Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring was reportedly the most vocal.

Minister Ross intends to introduce speeding penalties based on how much over the limit a motorist is driving, and he also wants automatic fines for not carrying a driving licence.


The Irish Independent says sources described the mood within Fine Gael over the clampdown as "close to revolt".

Ultimately, Minister Ross proposed having a Cabinet sub-committee examine the proposed changes, before he moves on to the next stage of the legislative process.







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