More than 70,000 drivers disqualified since 2012 who have failed to surrender their licences cannot be pursued by the courts due to a legal loophole, the Irish Examiner can reveal.
When Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae suggested last week that rural drivers deserve special consideration under drink-driving laws, he was excoriated and all but made an object of fun.
Fines and driving licences are not being collected, and the situation is only going to get worse until the Department of Justice takes action, writes Seán Fleming.
Learner drivers could get extra time to complete parts of their driving test and will be encouraged to save hundreds of euro on insurance costs by successfully qualifying for full licences.
There was a 35% increase in the number of complaints of driving-licence fraud last year.
The Courts Service says 3,845 people were disqualified from driving due to these offences in 2018
From December to the end of March, more than 700 cars were seized according to the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.
Road Safety Authority (RSA) figures show 52 driving test were instructors hired in 2018 - well short of the target of 67. In 2017, the number of instructors hired was 15.
James Bond-style revolving or retractable licence plates are being used by boy racers to avoid paying tolls and speeding fines, gardaí are warning.
377 cars driven by unaccompanied learner drivers have been seized since the introduction of new legislation.
There are calls for learner drivers to be allowed to drive unaccompanied again.
Kilrush in Co. Clare had the lowest pass rate of just 34%.
It would see people charged a higher amount the more they're over the limit.
Want to pass your driving test? Head west and avoid Dublin.
There is reported to be more than 55,000 drivers using a loophole to avoid doing the full test.
Returning emigrants will only have to take half the number of mandatory driving lessons before applying for a test.
Car owners could face jail for letting learner drivers use their vehicle without supervision.
Having trouble passing your driving test? Go west.
If you have a child under the age of five, they will never need to drive a car or hold a driving licence.
Motorists applying for a licence could be facing four-hour round trips to get their photograph taken for the credit card-size permits which come into use next week.
The introduction of a new style of driving licence is a mundane matter and if it leads to more efficiency then it is to be welcomed.
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