Car insurance: New law will keep disqualified drivers off UK and Irish roads

Monday, 01 February 2010

UK drivers disqualified for motoring offences in the Irish Republic - perhaps resulting in a car insurance claim - will no longer be able to escape their punishment on British roads.

A new law to keep disqualified drivers off UK and Irish roads comes into force on Thursday (February 4th), following an agreement between British, Irish and Northern Ireland ministers.

In the same vein, disqualifications doled out to Irish drivers while in the UK will still be enforced when they return to Ireland.

The bilateral agreement, which is the first of its kind between any two EU member states, closes a controversial loophole whereby a motorist could be banned from driving in Northern Ireland but go south of the border and still hold a valid licence.

UK road safety minister Paul Clark said: "We need to continue to work to make our roads even safer and if a UK driver commits a serious offence while in Ireland it is right that their ban should still apply when they return home."

Posted by Rick Malone

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