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Monday 19 August 2019

Only one in 10 surrenders driving licence following disqualification

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Ralph Riegel

Just one-in-10 Irish drivers with court disqualifications surrendered licences to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

Road safety group PARC revealed that, according to the latest Department of Transport figures, 8,826 drivers had court disqualifications in 2018 - but 7,863 subsequently failed to surrender their licences to the RSA as required.

Only 963 drivers complied with the court requirement to surrender their licences after a disqualification - a compliance rate of just 11pc.

This represents a drop of three percentage points on the 2017 licence surrender compliance rate of 14pc.

Only eight drivers were summoned to court for the offence of licence non-compliance, and all escaped conviction.

PARC founder Susan Gray warned that it further underlined the need for a radical overhaul of the way road traffic penalties are followed up.

She said it was "alarming" there was a discrepancy of almost 3,000 cases between 2016 and 2018 over figures on disqualified driver convictions recorded by the Courts Service and those logged on the Department of Transport's National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF).

Irish Independent

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