New laws for learner drivers in effect today
Motorists who let learner drivers use their cars unaccompanied will face jail time or fines under new laws which have come into force today.
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.
The amendment is named after the Clancy family, who lost two members in a crash involving an unaccompanied learner three years ago today.
Noel Clancy lost his wife Geraldine (58) and daughter Louise (22) on December 22, 2015.
He even came across the crash and offered to help, not realising who was in the overturned car.
The RSA said a learner permit is not a licence and drivers are at risk, due to their inexperience, when they're learning to drive.