Lighting

Find out some of the main lighting offences relevant to your vehicle.

Legal instrument Offence description Penalty

SI No. 189 of 1963

Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) Regulations, 1963
Regulation 5

Vehicle Lighting

Contravention of Regulation 9 – requirements regarding obligatory lighting on vehicle 

(see below for defects)

 

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 189 of 1963

Regulation 5

Lighting defect

Contravention of Regulation 33- requirements for obligatory rear reflectors

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 189 of 1963

Regulation 5

Lighting defect


Contravention of Regulation 36 - requirements for projecting load reflectors

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 189 of 1963

Regulation 5

Lighting defect

Contravention of Regulation 38(1)-requirements for advance warning device

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 189 of 1963

Regulation 5

Lighting defect

Contravention of Regulation 40 - compliance by vehicles with general requirements in respect of lighting

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

 

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.