Tag Archives: Unaccompanied drivers

BROUGHAN, PARC AND CLANCY FAMILY EXPRESS DISAPPOINTMENT AT TRANSPORT MINISTER’S INACTION

This morning, during oral Parliamentary Questions with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, it was confirmed that the promised Section 39 of the Road Traffic Act 2016 which was signed into law 10 months ago, has not yet been commenced and it seems as if it will not be commenced despite promises to the contrary. Section 39 inserts new Section 35A into the 1961 Act making vehicle owners liable for allowing unaccompanied learner drivers to drive their vehicles and was inserted in to the Bill in response to calls from Mr Noel Clancy who tragically lost his wife and daughter in a road traffic collision with an unaccompanied learner driver in December 2015.

OVER 150 UNACCOMPANIED LEARNER DRIVERS INVOLVED IN FATAL OR SERIOUS ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS OVER 5 YEARS – BROUGHAN

Deputy Tommy Broughan has recently been asking the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, and of course, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, for figures relating to unaccompanied learner drivers who have been involved in fatal or serious road traffic collisions. Deputy Broughan asked these questions on behalf of PARC civil society group as part of the work it has been undertaking in supporting families bereaved by RTCs caused by unaccompanied learner drivers.