Car insurance: Banned UK drivers barred from Irish roads

Monday, 02 November 2009

Motorists banned from driving in Britain and Northern Ireland will no longer be allowed on Irish roads from the New Year, car insurance customers may be interested to know.

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.

Road safety campaigners welcomed the move last night.

However, concerns were raised that cross-border co-operation would still not extend to penalty points.

Both the Irish and British authorities told the EU Council of their intention to make the deal earlier this week and the measures will come into force from February.

Environment minister Edwin Poots welcomed the new agreement.

"UK drivers disqualified for an offence in the Republic of Ireland will no longer escape that punishment when they return home," he said.

"Likewise, disqualifications earned by Irish drivers while in the UK will be recognised and enforced when they return to the Republic of Ireland."

Posted by Claire Carter

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