The Road Safety Authority has revealed radical new plans to overhaul the learner driver system.
Reports say learner drivers will have to do "homework" and drive in the dark while supervised by their parents.
It is reported learners will be set regular on-the-road homework to be carried out while being supervised by their parents as part of the new "Graduated Driver Licencing System".
In order to tackle the problem of night-time driving, which is a high-risk period for fatal crashes for young men, they will have to carry out a set period of time driving in the dark.
Their mother or father will then have to sign a form, swearing the homework has been completed.
If parents are unavailable, an already qualified driver can be designated as a "supervisor''
The whole plan - known as the Graduated Driver Licencing System - will bring Ireland in line with other European countries.