Revealed: Car owners who permit learner drivers to use their vehicles unaccompanied face prison or €2,000 fine
Car owners who permit learner drivers to use their vehicles unaccompanied face prosecution for the first time under new measures being brought to Cabinet today.
Transport Minister Shane Ross will also seek approval to give gardaí the power to seize vehicles on the spot - if a learner driver is driving unaccompanied, the Irish Independent is reporting.
Other potential penalties include a fine of €2,000 and six months in prison.
The exact penalties still require final approval by the Attorney General.
The proposals are being dubbed the "Clancy amendment" - in recognition of a campaign by Cork man Noel Clancy.
His wife, Geraldine Clancy and their daughter, Louise Ann, were drowned three days before Christmas 2015 after a collision with a learner driver in Co Cork.
The accident happened less than 1km from the Clancy's family farm.
The driver, Susan Gleeson (21) pleaded guilty before Cork Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Geraldine (58) and, Louise Ann (22).
Ms Gleeson, a neighbour of the family, was given a three year suspended prison sentence.
Tragically, one of the first to arrive on the scene in a bid to help shortly after 11am that day was Noel Clancy.
He initially didn't recognise the overturned Ford as their family car - and was shocked minutes later to discover his wife and daughter had both died.
The move comes ahead of a Dail debate next week on a mandatory drink-driving ban.
For the first time drivers will be put off the road for three months if they are found to have reached a blood-alcohol limit of 50-80mg per 100ml.