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43 per cent of learner permit holders drive unaccompanied

A Garda investigation found that 43 per cent of learner drivers were not accompanied by a fully-licensed driver, and 30 per cent were not displaying L plates on their vehicles.

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A GARDA INVESTIGATION has shown that a significant percentage of learner drivers are not abiding by the conditions of holding their permits.

Of the 2,200 learner drivers checked over the course of the investigation, 43 per cent were not accompanied by a fully-licensed driver, and 30 per cent were not displaying L plates.

Gardaí say that in some cases both offences were committed by the same driver.

An Garda Síochána says that 59 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year, and that gardaíwill continue to crack down on risky behaviours such as speeding, drink or drug driving, non use of seatbelts, reckless driving and use of mobile phones.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahony said: “We appeal to all road users to continue to do all they can in keeping our roads as safe as they can be… We especially wish to remind all learners permit holders of their legal obligations with regards to displaying L-plates, being accompanied by qualified drivers at all times and motorway restrictions.”

Noel Brett, CEO, Road Safety Authority welcomed the Garda enforcement , saying “a learner permit is just that – a permit, it is not a driving licence.”

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A Learner Permit allows an individual to learn to drive under certain conditions until they are ready to take a driving test, which includes being accompanied by a driver who has held their full licence for more than two years and that ‘L’ plates are displayed at all times to alert other drivers to the presence of a novice driver.

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