Wednesday 21 March 2018

What the changes mean: How drivers get licence now

Learner drivers must pass the Driver Theory Test to get a learner permit. The test costs €35.60 and includes questions on rules of the road, risk perception, technical aspects of the car and driving behaviour. Those who pass get a driver theory test certificate. This is valid for two years, meaning the test can be taken at 15 years. A learner permit is a licence which allows inexperienced drivers to learn to drive and to apply for a driving test. A person must be aged 17 years to apply, and it is valid for two years. It costs €15. Permit holders must be accompanied by a person with a full licence for at least two years. They must display 'L' plates and cannot drive on a motorway. Candidates must wait six months after receiving their learner permit before applying to sit the driving test. The test for driving a car costs €75.

How they will get it in future

  • Learner drivers will still have to pass the theory test before getting a learner permit, and wait six months before applying to sit the driving test.

  • They will also have to complete a number of hours of training given by an approved driving instructor.

  • The RSA has suggested that 20 hours' training could be needed. This could cost up to €700.

  • An approved syllabus from the Road Safety Authority would also have to be completed. This will include coping with road hazards and will set out the responsibilities of drivers.

  • A log-book showing the number of hours spent practising would also have to be kept. This would be filled in by the accompanying driver.

  • Measures that have been ruled out include imposing curfews and banning the carrying of passengers by inexperienced drivers.

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