Drive bans to be recognised both sides of border
Published 16/12/2009 | 05:00
HIGH-risk repeat offenders are being targeted with a number of measures in the Government's Road Safety Strategy.
A new agreement on mutual recognition of driving disqualifications in Ireland and Britain, set to come into effect early next year, will target some of the most dangerous drivers on Irish roads.
From next February, an Irish driver disqualified in an Irish court as a result of road traffic offences will also have their disqualifications recognised and applied across the border.
The agreement -- the first of its kind among EU member states -- also means that a driver disqualified from driving in an Irish court will be prohibited from driving across the Border and in Britain.
Announcing the agreement in October, Transport Minister Noel Dempsey described it as a significant road safety measure in the two jurisdictions.
The move was one of 126 actions pinpointed by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) in the Government's Road Safety Strategy, 2007-2012.
In the same strategy, the agency also called for the "research and evaluation of the effectiveness of alternative correction and rehabilitation programmes" for a range of road traffic offences with an emphasis on high-risk reoffenders.
A spokesperson for the RSA confirmed last night that, "there are measures under way to deal with repeat offenders most imminently with the introduction of the bilateral arrangement between Ireland and the UK."