New rules come into effect this Sunday
Drivers using worn or defective tyes face new fines, under rules announced by acting Minister for Transport Paschal Donohue today.
Although it is already an offence to drive a vehicle with defective or worn tyres, there will now be a fixed charge (or fine) of €80, with two penalty points endorsed on the licence.
The new regulations take effect from this Sunday, April 17.
Mr Donohoe said: "Following consultation with the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána, I have decided to extend the fixed charge notice system to vehicles with defective or worn tyres.
"I am urging people to take preventative measures today by checking their vehicles regularly and ensuring they are up to standard and roadworthy. It may just save your life."
A recent RSA study reported that defective tyres was the most significant in-car factor in fatal collisions.
The report also said that vehicle factors play a role in one in eight fatal collisions across the period 2008 to 2012.