Road Traffic Act 2016

Learner Driver driving unaccompanied (Owner)

39. The Road Traffic Act 1961 , is amended by the insertion of the following section:

“35A. (1) It shall be an offence for the owner of a vehicle to allow their vehicle be driven by a learner driver driving unaccompanied.

(2) Where a person charged with an offence under this section is the owner of the vehicle, it shall be a good defence to the charge for the person to show that the vehicle was being used without his consent and either that he had taken all reasonable precautions to prevent its being used or that it was being used by his servant acting in contravention of his orders.

(3) Where a person is guilty of an offence under this section and disregarding any disqualification that may be capable of being imposed, such person shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €2,000 or a term not exceeding six months imprisonment or both such fine and imprisonment.”.