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Social welfare questions, petrol checks and all the things that can be checked at garda checkpoints

By Sophie Collins

Gardai up and down the country are carrying out checkpoints on different roads every day to ensure drivers are abiding by the Irish law at all times.

Although speed, tax, insurance, and NCT checks are done regularly, some drivers aren’t aware of the vast array of other checkpoints they can get caught at.

From being asked questions about social welfare, to having the petrol in your tank tested, drivers can be required to prove a number of things on the side of the road when stopped by officers.

READ MORE: Major four-hour garda checkpoint as 200 interviewed by social welfare officers and multiple arrests made

Operations take place every now and again, known as ‘multi-agency checkpoints’, and they involve officials from an Garda Síochána, Customs/Revenue, the Road Safety Authority, the Health and Safety Authority and the Department of Social Protection, who all took part in the operation.

The purpose of these checkpoints is to ensure that drivers are abiding by all aspects of Irish law, and each officer checks for breaches of the law relevant to the area in which they operate.

Inspectors from the Department of Social Protection conduct roadside interviews to ensure that those who are working in Ireland or elsewhere are not also in receipt of social welfare payments - which is illegal.

Social welfare questions, petrol checks and all the things that can be checked at garda checkpoints (Gareth Chaney Collins)

Officers from Revenue/Customs check vehicles for green diesel and often confirm the use among Irish drivers. Officers are particularly vigilant at the moment as the price of fuel continues to rise.

If found with green diesel, on-the-spot €2,000 fines are issued and if a driver cannot pay the fee, their vehicle will be seized until payment is made.

Inspectors from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) monitor vehicles to ensure they are not defective in any way - which can be of danger to others on the road.

If found with a defective vehicle, you can be handed two penalty points and an €80 fine.

The Health and Safety Authority similarly monitors vehicles for compliance. They can check mirrors, tyres, load security, and restraint, as well as external checks on the car - like ensuring it isn’t leaning to one side.

If there is any aspect of the car that is deemed unsafe, drivers can be escorted off the road to correct the issue before continuing on their journey.

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Major four-hour garda checkpoint as 200 interviewed by social welfare officers and multiple arrests made
Officers from Revenue/Customs checked 175 vehicles for green diesel and made one confirmed detection
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There is sometimes confusion over this rule because fully licenced drivers are subject to a higher threshold of 12 points…
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Speed cameras are in operation on 1,322 stretches of road across the country wherever an injury or fatality occurred due…
Gardai descend on small town with houses searched, checkpoints and arrest made
Multiple traffic offences were detected at checkpoints while one man was arrested on foot in the town.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Social welfare: Irish households to start receiving €100 Fuel Allowance lump sum within days
The Fuel Allowance is aimed at helping people with the cost of heating their homes during the winter months
Petrol, diesel prices today: Fuel rates remain unchanged for over a month. Check fuel rates in your city
Petrol in Delhi costs ₹105.41 per litre while diesel rates costs ₹96.67, as per price notification by state fuel retailers.In…
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