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