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Driver disqualifications will not extend to other EU countries

Transport Minister Shane Ross told Cabinet this week that government would be repealing the section of the Act as it has been proven to be unworkable.

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MOTORISTS DISQUALIFIED FROM driving in other European Union countries will not be disqualified from driving in Ireland following a repeal of Section 2 of the Road Traffic Bill.

Transport Minister Shane Ross told Cabinet this week the government would be repealing the section of the Act as it has been proven to be “unworkable”.

The section gave effect that a driver’s disqualification made in another EU state would carry over to all EU states.

However, it was repealed by the European Union last year, with the minister stating that Ireland must now bring it into effect.

Producing your driver’s licence 

The minister also proposed an amendment to the Act that would make not producing your driver’s licence upon conviction in court an offence.

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It follows reports that drivers were avoiding getting penalty points on their licence by telling the judge they did not have their licence with them in court.

The amendment to Section 22 of the Act would see that it be mandatory for a driver to produce their licence in court and not producing it would be counted as a further offence.

Penalty point offences are recorded on the offender’s driving licence and remain on the licence for a period of three years.

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