Road Traffic Offences are by far the most prosecuted type of criminal offence in the
Courts of Ireland. Woods on Road Traffic Offences provides a single of point of reference for road traffic law, covering the investigation, prosecution and the hearing of offence cases.

The book covers a wide range of topics including detecting traffic violations, careless driving, parking and obstruction offences, and lighting of vehicles. These are set out in a straightforward and helpful manner. The statutory provision is set out along with the potential penalties and possible defences.

This new edition has been extensively revised and rewritten. In particular this new edition has been updated to include:
- The enactment of Road Traffic act 2010 which substantially overhauls the landscape on driving offences.
- New EU rules for maximum daily and fortnightly driving times, as well as daily and weekly minimum rest periods for all drivers of road haulage and passenger transport vehicles.
- Legislative changes in the area of Public Service Vehicles
- Considerable amendments to the Finance Acts as they relate to Road Traffic Offences

The relevant cases, legislation and Acts covered include:
- European Union (Road Transport) (Working Conditions and Road Safety) Regulations 2017
- Road Traffic Act 2014
- Taxi Regulation Act 2013
- Road Traffic Act 2010
- Public Transport Regulation Act 2009
- Roads Act 2007
- Waste Management (Amendment) Act 2001

Oisín Clarke BL is a practising barrister specialising in criminal law and road traffic offences. Oisín has considerable experience in defending intoxicated driving offences and a large part of his practice comprises the defence of criminal cases at both trial and appellate level. He also specialises in judicial review in which he appears for both State parties and private citizens. Oisín has also written and lectured extensively on road traffic legislation and offences.

Matthew Kenny is the co-founder of O'Sullivan Kenny Solicitors, a Road Traffic Specialist Solicitors Practice in Dublin. He has worked extensively in the trial department, and so he has wide experience of all aspects of criminal defence matters. He has a particular interest in Road Traffic cases, and wrote a CPD guide to Road Traffic Law for a major on-line education provider.

Mark O'Sullivan is a partner with O'Sullivan Kenny Solicitors, a firm specialising in criminal defence, road traffic law and related areas. Mark has represented clients in the District Court; The Circuit Court; The Central Criminal Court; The Court of Criminal Appeal and the Supreme Court. He appears daily in the District Court where he represents clients charged with all criminal and road traffic offences. Mark is a volunteer with the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) with whom he has been working with since 2014.
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Table of Contents

1. Detecting Traffic Violations – Powers and Obligations of Gardai and Motorists
2. Fixed Charge and Penalty Point Offences
3. Prosecution of Road Traffic Offences
4. Summons Procedure – Issue and Service of Summons
5. Arrest of Peson for Suspected or Alleged Offence
6. Conduct of Court Proceedings
7. Appeal, Set Aside, Review Petition and Mitigation
8. Driving Licences
9. Speeding Offences
10. Compulsory Insurance of Mechanically Propelled Vehicles
11. Dangerous Driving, Careless Driving, ….
12. Duties on Occurrence of Accidents
13. Unauthorized taking, interfering with, Vehicles
14. Intoxicant Offences
15. Testing, Examination and Control of Vehicles
16. Regulation of Traffic
17. Parking and Obstruction Offences
18. Control of Weight of Vehicles
19. Control of Supply, Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles
20. Lighting of Vehicles
21. Registration and Licensing of Vehicles
22. Provisions governing the Operation of Public Service Vehicles
23. Provisions relating to Road Transport Operations
24. Roads Acts 1993 and 1998
25. Mineral Oil and Excise Prosecutions
26. Miscellaneous Statutory Provisions

Product details

Published 23 Aug 2018
Format Hardback
Edition 4th
Extent 1104
ISBN 9781784512057
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Dimensions 248 x 156 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Oisín Clarke

Oisín Clarke BL is a practising barrister speciali…


Matthew Kenny

Matthew Kenny is the co-founder of O’Sullivan Kenn…


Mark O’Sullivan

Mark O’Sullivan is a partner with O’Sullivan Kenny…