Driving bans to receive cross border recognition

New rules which give cross border recognition to driving disqualifications come into force today, on foot of an agreement between ministers in the Republic, the North and Britian.

Under the new rules, Northern or British drivers disqualified for serious motoring offences in the Republic will no longer escape punishment when they cross the border, and likewise, disqualifications earned by drivers from the republic in the North and Britian will be enforced here.

The new law is the first practical step to recognise driving disqualifications in Europe under the terms of a 1998 European Convention.