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14th Feb 2019

Eight cars a day are being seized from unaccompanied learner drivers

Rudi Kinsella

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Gardaí are clamping down on learner drivers who drive unaccompanied.

It has been reported that an average of eight vehicles a day have been seized by Gardaí from unaccompanied learner drivers in the past two months.

According to RTÉ, between 22 December 2018 and 10 February 2019 a total of 337 vehicles were seized from learner drivers because they were not accompanied by a person holding a full driving licence.

A new law came into effect on 21 December of 2018, which stated that any car owner that allows a learner driver to use their car unaccompanied will face fines or a jail sentence.

The current law states that learner drivers must be accompanied by a person holding a full driving licence for at least two years.

On Thursday morning, Gardaí took to Twitter to inform people that Letterkenny Roads Policing Unit in Donegal seized a vehicle after a learner driver, who was being accompanied, was stopped.

However, the passenger in the car did not hold a full driver’s licence.

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