All-Ireland driving ban welcomed

Daniel McCrossan.

THE introduction of legislation recognising driving disqualifications across the island of Ireland, has been welcomed.

The new law effectively means that people banned from driving on the other side of the border from where they live, will have the ban extended to their home jurisdiction.

SDLP Infrastructure Spokesperson and West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan this week remarked that the border can no longer provide cover for dangerous or careless drivers.

He said, “This is a very welcome development and after years of planning, there is finally mutual recognition of driving disqualifications across the island of Ireland.

“Considering the number of accidents, hit and runs, and instances of driving when intoxicated, it’s important that all measures are taken to protect the public and road users.

“This legislation is a major step in tackling dangerous and careless drivers on this island. This is a practical, common-sense measure.

“The border will no longer provide cover for the perpetrators of motoring offences, especially along the border area. There are no more hiding places.”

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