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New Learner Driver Laws Come Into Effect From Midnight

New Learner Driver Laws Come Into Effect From Midnight

From midnight tonight, learner drivers face a series of penalties if driving unaccompanied.

Announced by Minister for Transport Shane Ross earlier in the year, the Clancy Amendment means that car owners who allow learner drivers to drive unaccompanied will face a €1,000 fine, have the vehicle seized or face six months in prison from the 22 December onwards.

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Previous legislation only imposed penalties and fines on the unaccompanied learner driver but not on the owner of the vehicle. The law is named after Geraldine Clancy and her daughter Louise who were killed in a collision by an unaccompanied learner driver on 22 December 2015.

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