Car owners could face jail in new State clampdown on learners
Motorists who allow learner drivers to use their car unaccompanied could end up behind bars under new legislation which has come into effect.
The so-called 'Clancy Amendment' means motorists could face new penalties.
Until now, learner drivers had to be accompanied by someone who holds a full licence.
If a learner driver was caught driving unaccompanied, they can face a maximum fine of €1,000.
The person who owns the vehicle would not face any punishment.
Now, motorists who let learner drivers use their cars unaccompanied will face jail time or fines under new laws which have now come into force.
Unaccompanied learner drivers may now have their vehicle seized by gardaí.
In addition, anyone who loans a car to an unaccompanied learner driver faces prosecution and having their car impounded, following the amendment to the law.