Michael Healy-Rae wants government to consider permit for those off the road so they can drive to work

Michael Healy-Rae wants government to consider permit for those off the road so they can drive to work

Convicted drink drivers should still be able to drive to work, according to one TD.

Michael Healy-Rae wants a permit system introduced so people off the road for driving over the alcohol limit can still get to their job.

The Independent TD for Kerry outlined possible scenarios where exemptions from the current laws could occur:

"If they can make the case that their families are going to be detrimentally affected by the fact that they won't be able to drive to work.," he said as one potential scenario.

"If a permit style system was introduced whereby they could use their vehicles just for going from the point of home to work and back again and absolutely nowhere else, that should be a possibility that could be looked at," he said.

More on this topic

Just 9.2% of banned motorists surrender licenceJust 9.2% of banned motorists surrender licence

Over 600 arrested for drink-driving in FebruaryOver 600 arrested for drink-driving in February

Latest: Road safety campaigner calls on Finian McGrath to resign over drink-driving check criticismsLatest: Road safety campaigner calls on Finian McGrath to resign over drink-driving check criticisms

McGrath withdraws comments about gardaí politicising the new drink driving lawsMcGrath withdraws comments about gardaí politicising the new drink driving laws


More in this Section

Fine Gael sees popularity boost in latest pollFine Gael sees popularity boost in latest poll

Dooley apologises as footage emerges of him with Collins in Dáil ahead of voteDooley apologises as footage emerges of him with Collins in Dáil ahead of vote

President Higgins and Defence Minister evacuated from hotel in Lebanese capitalPresident Higgins and Defence Minister evacuated from hotel in Lebanese capital

Gardaí appeal for help in search for missing man in GalwayGardaí appeal for help in search for missing man in Galway


Lifestyle

Ovarian cancer has been dubbed ‘the silent killer’. Christina Henry tells Rowena Walsh why she is one of the lucky onesAgeing with attitude: Life after ovarian cancer

Jamie Oliver is on a mission to get everyone eating more vegetables with the release of his new book, Veg.A selection of recipes from Jamie Oliver's new book Veg

More From The Irish Examiner