Gardai are reminding all learner permit drivers that they must be accompanied by a qualified driver.

It’s now exactly 2 years since the introduction of the Clancy Amendment to improve safety on Irish roads by providing the gardai with an additional power to seize vehicles from Learner drivers who drive a vehicle without being accompanied by a qualified driver.

Since the introduction of the Clancy Amendment on the 22nd December 2018 over 5,800 vehicles have been seized from unaccompanied learner drivers nationally.

In total, over 12,500 fixed charge notices have been issued to Learner Permit drivers for driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver over the same period.

Chief Superintendent Ray Mc Mahon Garda National Roads Policing Bureau speaking in Garda headquarters today said: "We cannot emphasise enough the importance of complying with this legislation. MPVs in inexperienced or unlicensed hands have the potential to severely or even fatally injure someone. Under the ‘Clancy Provision’ Learner or unlicensed drivers who choose to ignore this legislation will have their car seized and owners who allow their vehicle to be used will now face prosecution”.

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