Minister Shane Ross is welcoming the passage of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 today through Seanad Éireann.
The Bill will ensure that all drink drivers will in future receive a driving disqualification, by removing the concession by which some drink drivers have been able to receive penalty points.
According to Minister Ross, the Bill will also strengthen the law against learner drivers who illegally drive without a qualified accompanying driver.
In future, owners of vehicles who allow unaccompanied learners – or unlicensed drivers – to drive their vehicles will be held to account.
In addition, Gardaí will be able to detain a vehicle driven by an unaccompanied learner. Vehicles detained in this way will have to be retrieved by the owner from a pound, and a fee will be charged for the removal and storage of the vehicle.
Speaking today, Minister Ross said: "I am particularly delighted that this Bill has finally completed all stages of its passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas, and I would like to thank the members of the Seanad for addressing it so efficiently. This is a short but very important Bill, which will tackle two serious problems on our roads, drink driving and driving by unaccompanied learners. I look forward now to the signing into law of this Bill, so that we can save lives on our roads."
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