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"But really and truly at this stage these people should be coming forward for a driving test"

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New figures that reveal how 21,000 motorists have been driving with just a learner permit for at least a decade.

New figures that reveal how 21,000 motorists have been driving with just a learner permit for at least a decade.

New figures that reveal how 21,000 motorists have been driving with just a learner permit for at least a decade.

New figures that reveal how 21,000 motorists have been driving with just a learner permit for at least a decade have been described as “far from an ideal situation”. 

The figures, which were released to Newstalk FM under Freedom of Information legislation, also show that a further 1,400 have had a learner permit for over 26 years.

Brian Farrell of the Road Safety Authority said they would encourage all those on learner permits to come forward and take their driving test.

Mr Farrell said that this was particularly challenging at the moment given coronavirus restrictions.

However, he added, “but really and truly at this stage these people should be coming forward for a driving test.

"It's absolutely far from an ideal situation."

Those who have a learner permit must always have a fully qualified driver with them.

A total of 2,475 drivers received penalty points last year for breaking that law which is up 27 per cent on 2019.

A further 1,581 drivers were penalised in the first five months of this year.

According to a recent survey from AA Ireland more than 12 per cent of the 4,000 respondents knew of at least one learner who was “regularly” driving without an accompanying driver.

A further 9.6 per cent of respondents “partially agreed” with the statement.

According to the Department of Transport, nearly 232,000 drivers currently have learner permits.

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They include nearly 68,000 people in Dublin, almost 25,000 in Cork, over 12,000 in Galway, and just under that mark in Kildare.

Under current rules, you can’t apply for a third or subsequent learner permit unless you’ve recently done a driving test or have an upcoming test.

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