Bridge Strikes

Find out some of the bridge strike related offences relevant to commercial vehicles.

Legal instrument Offence description Penalty

Railway Safety Act 2005

Section 138 (3)

Striking a bridge

Bridge Strikes - where the height of a structure in a public place is specified by a traffic sign, it is an offence to drive or attempt to drive under the structure so as to strike it

Direct summons to court, up to €5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment and 3 penalty points on summary conviction.  On indictment, up to €50,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment

Railway Safety Act 2005

Section 138 (3)

Notification of bridge strike

Failure to notify of strike of a structure in a public place, the height of which is specified by a traffic sign, whether or not damage is apparent

On summary conviction, a fine up to €1,000

 

The table above should not be treated as a legal interpretation of any law requirements. It is a matter for each operator, owner and driver to ensure that he or she complies with the applicable law.