New laws on learner drivers in effect from midnight

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has today announced the commencement of the unaccompanied learner driver provisions of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018, with effect from 22nd December 2018, known as the ‘Clancy Amendment’.

These new provisions now make it an offence for the owner of a vehicle to knowingly allow an unaccompanied learner or an unlicensed person to drive his or her vehicle.

The provisions also extend the power of detention under section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1994 to allow the Garda Síochána to detain a vehicle being driven, in the Garda’s opinion, by an unaccompanied learner.

Car owners who allow learner drivers to use their car unaccompanied will face fines of up to €1,000, up to six months in prison, or could have their vehicles seized.

Minister Ross said the measures are not about crucifying rural Ireland but about saving lives.


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