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Dempsey to postpone provisional-driver regulations

Published 28/10/2007

The Transport Minister has confirmed that he will postpone part of the new learner driver regulations until next June.

Noel Dempsey has been under constant attack since announcing the new learner driver rules were originally meant to come into force from midnight tomorrow.

The 122,000 people affected by the new regulations, which stated that a second-provisional licence holder could only drive in the company of a full-licence holder, will now have until June 30th to pass their driving test.

But after that date the regulations will come into place and be enforced by the Gardai.

From midnight tomorrow, new licence applicants will receive a driving permit and cannot sit their test until they complete six months of supervised practice.

And the Minister has said funds will be made available to the RSA to ensure driving test applicants can sit the test within ten weeks of applying.

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