Proposed increase in penalty points - The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 12, 2012
Highlights of the proposal include:
No seatbelt : 6 points (was 2)
Mobile Phone: 4 Points (was 2)
Dangerous overtaking & Speeding: 3 up from 2
Also, reciprocal arrangement with NI (no more Mad max "Nordies" on the M1 - )
Now, I always wear my seatbelt, but not wearing one only puts ME at risk* (and i know I could be a burden on the state etc...)
Using a mobile or dangerous overtaking puts others at risk.
I know the seatbelt thing is deliberate and premeditated but still.
Not sure about NCT dropping from 5 to 3 points though. I'd favour 5 points for serious failures concerning the safety, but emissions failures or airbag failures, well that should be just a fine.
*unless you are going so hard you are using the belt as a harness, keeping you in the seat.