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# Learner Drivers

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# live and learn
Learner permit expiry dates extended by another 10 months
Depending on their expiry date, some permits had already been extended by four or eight months.
# Driving It Home
Essential workers should be allowed to finish driving lessons, Oireachtas committee tells minister
The committee says that stopping essential workers from continuing driving lessons is a “significant oversight”.
# clancy amendment
Driving unaccompanied: Learner drivers fined total of over €100,000 for not paying fixed charge notices
Since the beginning of 2019, over 11,600 fixed charge notices have been issued to learner drivers.
# Tick tock
Over 28,600 people waiting on driving test date - but RSA says backlog is improving
The longest wait times in the country are in Churchtown, Mallow, Skibereen, Sligo, Tralee and Wicklow.
# Learner Driver
'We're working on it': Taoiseach admits there are unacceptable delays in driving test wait times
Some people are waiting over 20 weeks to get a date for the driving test.
Advice column: How to lower your car insurance premium
Price discrepancies across the Irish car insurance market are as wide as ever, writes Jonathan Hehir.
# Driving Test
Driving test waiting times drop - but some learners still waiting months
The average wait is nearly 12 weeks but some learners have waited much longer to hear about their test date.
# Clampdown
Unaccompanied learner drivers were involved in 35 fatal car crashes in past four years
While 9% of drivers on the road are learners, only 5.8% of fatal crashes involved learner drivers.
# clancy amendment
Car owners who allow unaccompanied learner drivers to use their vehicle to face prosecution
Allowing someone who does not have a licence drive your car will also be an offence.
Micheal Healy Rae: 'The government should leave our young drivers alone'
I think it would be more in the government’s line to catch criminals who are breaking into elderly people’s homes and jail them, writes Michael Healy Rae.
# face prosecution
'Learner drivers who drive unaccompanied are breaking the law. They mustn't do it and we must enforce it'
The government is cracking down on car owners who allow unaccompanied learner drivers use their vehicles.
# Off the Road
'No exceptions': Drink drivers to get automatic ban instead of penalty points
Ross said law to publish names of those caught drink driving should be ready by April.
# Courts
Learner driver who hit and killed teenager while speeding to be sentenced next week
Gareth Jones swerved to avoid three of the boy’s friends as they crossed the road but hit Paul McCormack (16).
# learning to drive
Learning to drive - the essentials to get you in gear
Learning to drive can be stressful and expensive but we are here to make it that little bit easier.
# Breaking the rules
Over half of fines for failing to display L-plates not paid
More than 2,500 fines issued to learner drivers caught without a qualified driver were also unpaid.
# biting point
17 essential facts of life for learner drivers
Please don’t go red. Please don’t go red.
# Shotgun
Learner drivers jailed for driving alone this year
Over 630 people have been fined so far in 2014.
# n plates
11 driving sins that should automatically earn you a novice plate
An N plate for you, an N plate for you, and an especially big N plate for YOU!
# Learner Drivers
RSA want gardaí to breathalyse L-plate passengers
The RSA has said that the role of supervising a learner driver cannot be performed “if the accompanying driver is intoxicated.”
# Road Safety
New Road Traffic Bill includes specific ban on texting while driving
The bill also introduces a Novice Driver category for people in their first two years after qualification.
# Motorists
634 learner drivers convicted last year for not displaying L plates
The Transport Minister says that there no plans to introduce penalty points for learner drivers who failed to display L plates at this time.
# Learner Drivers
New scheme for learner drivers comes into effect today
The Essential Driving Training scheme is being rolled out from today – meaning learner drivers will be required to complete 12 hours of lessons with an approved driving instructor before sitting their test.
# Driving
New rules for learner drivers
But critics say measures don’t go far enough.
# Road Safety
L-drivers may get ‘speed limiters’
A number of strict new penalties for reckless drivers are being introduced by the Road Safety Authority.