Gardaí remind public that "passengers face a fine as well" for non-essential breach of 5km limit

By James Fenton

January 25, 2021 at 5:14pm

Gardaí remind public that "passengers face a fine as well" for non-essential breach of 5km limit

Gardaí have confirmed that around 1,500 people have been issued with fines for non-essential travel since enforcement was introduced on January 11.

In a statement issued this afternoon, An Garda Síochána said that by close of business on January 24, 909 fines had been processed for non-essential travel, while an additional 645 (approx) are currently being processed.

Gardaí have reminded the public that 'they are only allowed to exercise within 5km of their home. The 5km limit includes the distance travelled from a person's home to a location to exercise. In other words, you can't travel more than 5km to a location to exercise.'

It has also been stressed that 'if a driver is found to be in breach of the non-essential travel regulations, not only can the driver be fined but their adult passengers as well. This is also the case for adults in groups undertaking activities such as cycling or walking - every adult in such a group ca be fined.'

Gardaí have also reminded people that 'travel to airports and ports should only be taken for essential reasons. Holidays abroad are not deemed essential.'

Earlier, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan raised the possibility of people being fined on the way to the airport if they are travelling abroad for non-essential reasons.

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