Driving bans to be recognised across Ireland and the UK

The agreement involves a range of traffic offences

Driving bans to be recognised across Ireland and the UK

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Driving disqualifications are to be mutually recognised between Ireland and the UK.

Transport Minister Shane Ross announced the new provision which comes into operation from August 1st.

The agreement concerns disqualifications from a range of traffic offences.

These include reckless or dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances, refusal to submit to alcohol and drug tests and driving faster than the permitted speed.

Minister Ross said: "The mutual recognition of driving disqualifications is an important road safety measure because it aims to target dangerous drivers on our roads.

"Mutual recognition of driving disqualifications is an important road safety measure for both Ireland and the UK, and is one of a series of measures I am introducing which will reduce road injuries and ultimately save lives."

Touching on the issue of Britain's exit from the European Union, the minister added: "Maintaining the common travel area and our economic links with the UK are important priorities for Ireland, and this agreement will make a contribution towards that objective, as well as making an important contribution to road safety."

The new measures are underpinned by an international agreement between Ireland and the UK, and primary legislative provisions in both countries.

The framework for the measure was signed on October 30th 2015

Under the agreement, the driving disqualification is effectively transferred by the State which imposes it to the licence of the offender's ‘home’ State.

This means the legal consequence of the offence committed follows the offender home.