The Irish Graduated Driving Licence (GDL) System for Learner / Novice Drivers
The following information comes from the Irish Road Safety Authority regarding the Graduated Driving Licence System:
As you may already be aware, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport announced changes to the driver licensing system that apply to newly qualified novice drivers and first time learner permit holders. These changes are important road safety measures that form part of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system, one of the key actions in the current and previous Government Road Safety Strategies aimed at improving how we train, test and licence learner and novice drivers.
The changes are as follows:
The purpose of the GDL system is to reduce the number of collisions, deaths and injuries among learner and novice drivers, particularly among the high risk 17 to 24 year olds, during the learning to drive period and period immediately after they pass their test. Research tells us that novice drivers are most likely to be killed on our roads in the first two years after passing their test due to their inexperience. Therefore, these measures are designed to protect our most vulnerable road-users so that they can become safe, competent and confident drivers, helping to ensure we have fewer collisions, fatalities and injuries on our roads.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will have a public awareness campaign to make relevant audiences aware of the new requirements.
For further information including a detailed Frequently Asked Questions and Background to the Graduated Licensing System can be found at rsa.ie and ndls.ie