Category : Driving
There have been numerous changes in Driving Legislation over the last several years and a number of issues are awaiting implementation. Here are some of the changes that have seen the light of day and are in force.
- Driving Licenses. Both full and provisional, must be carried by the Driver at all times.
- Driver Theory Test was introduced in 2001. A theory Test has to be passed before you can get a Provisional License and before you may start to learn to Drive with any driving school in Fawkner.
- First Provisional License is valid for Two Years.
- All Drivers on first (1st) and third (3rd) Provisional Licenses are required by Law to be accompanied by a fully Licensed Driver.
- In order to renew a Provisional License at the end of your second provisional License, (if you have gone that long without sitting the Test) you must have taken your Driving Test, or have an appointment scheduled for one.
- Driving Test changes which are governed by E.U Directives include:
- Examining of secondary controls (2002)
- Examining of Technical Checks (Feb 2005)
- New Driving Test Marking Sheet (2002)
- Penalty Points Offences to be added on 01/04/06 and will contain 31 new offences. This will bring the implementation to approximately 55% of the expected final Total of offences.
- National Car Test (NCT) (2003). All cars of three years and over must now undergo a rigorous Check Test and pass scrutiny every two years. A Current NCT certificate must be displayed on the front Windscreen along with Road Tax and Insurance Certificates. Drivers preparing for their Driving Test must ensure that all three certificates are current and valid. Any discrepancies or excuses will not be allowed and a Driving Test will be forfeited if the paper work is not in order!
- After passing the Department of Transport Driving Test the Provisional License must be exchanged for a Full Irish License or the Driver will not be legally allowed on a Motorway. A provisional license and your Test Pass certificate will not suffice!
- Following the initial Introduction of the Penalty Points system in Autumn 2002 the main aspect that is of importance to Drivers is that once you have clocked up 12 Penalty Points within a three Year period your Driving License will automatically be revoked for six months!
Legislation in the Pipeline includes :-
- Mandatory tuition for Learner Drivers (in line with European Standards)
- A new Agency that will administer the Whole Driving Test Scene and also control the Registration and Accreditation of driving school Birmingham and driving instructors.
- New laws that will be applied to Immigrants who import their vehicles from other E.U. States. It is anticipated that a short period of grace will be allowed before the vehicle owner will have to re-register his or her vehicle and who will then be subject to the full laws regarding ownership and driving of motor vehicles here in Ireland . In other words, Road Tax Certificates; Insurance Certificates; and National Car Test Certificates will all need to be displayed. Failure to comply will mean the impounding of the vehicle.