More regulation for new drivers
Aug 1st will see the introduction of 'N' plates for novice drivers.
The Government's Road Traffic Bill 2013 will see newly licensed drivers having to display 'N' plates for two years on their cars. Not displaying 'N' plates could lead to two penalty points and a fine of up to €1,000.
The 'N' for novice drivers isn't the only new regulation to come into effect from August 1st, new drivers will also be subject to more restrictions as they will be banned for six months if they get six penalty points whereas it's 12 penalty points for fully-qualified drivers.
As well as the already minimum 12 driving lessons learners have to get before they can do their test, they now need to keep a record or log book of experience hours. N-plate drivers will also have a lower permitted blood alcohol limit than fully licensed drivers – 20mg instead of 50mg.
The rule where a fully licensed driver must accompany learner drivers still stands but novice drivers don't qualify as the accompanying driver.
The Graduated Learner System (GLS) is already in place in a lot of EU countries and is expected to reduce collisions, deaths and injuries among novice and learner drives, particularly between the ages of 17-24.
Have you thought about doing your driving test? Check out this article on applying and preparing for the test. To find out more about the new learner permit system, visit the National Drivers Licence Service.