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.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, @Shane_RossTD, 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’. https://t.co/xnMflpYMBa pic.twitter.com/ADMit1ELIA
— RSA Ireland (@RSAIreland) December 21, 2018
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.