Road Traffic Act 1961

Unauthorised interference with mechanism of vehicle.


113.(1) A person shall not, without lawful authority or reasonable cause, interfere or attempt to interfere with the mechanism of a mechanically propelled vehicle while it is stationary F245[], or get on or into or attempt to get on or into the vehicle while it is so stationary.

F246[(2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to F247[a fine not exceeding 2,000] or, at the discretion of the court, to imprisonment for any term not exceeding three months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.]

(3) Where a member of the Garda Síochána has reasonable grounds for believing that a person is committing F248[or has committed] an offence under this section, he may arrest the person without warrant.

(4) This section shall not apply to a person taking, in relation to a mechanically propelled vehicle which is obstructing his lawful ingress or egress to or from any place, such steps as are reasonably necessary to move the vehicle by human propulsion for a distance sufficient to terminate the obstruction.

(5) Where a person is charged with an offence under this section, it shall be a good defence to the charge for him to show that, when he did the act alleged to constitute the offence, he believed, and had reasonable grounds for believing, that he had lawful authority for doing that act.




Deleted (18.07.1984) by Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 1984 (16/1984), s. 3(8)(a), commenced on enactment.


Substituted (18.07.1984) by Road Traffic Act 1984 (16/1984), s. 3(8)(b), commenced on enactment.


Substituted (5.03.2007) by Road Traffic Act 2006 (23/2006), s. 18(1)(a) and table part 1 ref. no. 28, S.I. No. 86 of 2007. A fine of €2,000 translates into a class C fine not exceeding €2,500 as provided (4.01.2011) by Fines Act 2010 (8/2010), ss. 3, 6(3) and table ref. no. 1, S.I. No. 662 of 2010.


Inserted (1.09.1968) by Road Traffic Act 1968 (25/1968), s. 6 and sch., S.I. No. of 169 of 1968.

Editorial Notes:


Previous affecting provision: fine in subs. (2) increased (31.10.2002) by Road Traffic Act 2002 (12/2002), s. 23(1)(a) and table part 1 ref. no. 29, S.I. No. 491 of 2002. Fine increased as per F-note above.