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Learner Drivers To Have Cars Seized If Caught Driving Without Licensed Driver

Learner Drivers To Have Cars Seized If Caught Driving Without Licensed Driver

Reforms on how Gardaí are to deal with learner drivers are to be punished if caught breaking the law are to be brought for approval to the cabinet today.

The proposed legislation would involve changes to how learner drivers are punished if caught driving a vehicle without a licensed driver. It would also bring punitive measures against any owners of a vehicle who permit a licensed driver to use it unaccompanied.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is seeking to give Gardaí who catch learner drivers driving with supervision the power to confiscate the vehicles concerned on the spot, according to the Irish Independent.

Other penalties being proposed include a 6-month prison sentence or a €2,000 fine, however these are still pending approval by the Attorney General.

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These legislative changes have been coined the 'Clancy amendment', as they have in part come about due to a lobbying campaign from a Cork man, Noel Clancy. His daughter and wife were killed in a collision with a neighbour who was a learner driver in December 2015.

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