UK-Ireland driving ban agreement

Driving bans for serious offences are to be mutually enforced across the whole of the UK and Ireland under the 1998 European convention on driving disqualification.

It will mean that drivers banned for an offence other than under the totting up of penalty points will no longer escape that sanction when they return home.

The measure now being ratified by Parliament is the result of a deal between the British, Irish and Northern Ireland in June, and is the first such step in Europe.

Road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: "Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world, but we need to do everything we can to improve it even further.

"These measures will keep dangerous drivers off our roads by ensuring that disqualified drivers are not able to escape their punishment."

The 1998 convention covers reckless or dangerous driving, hit-and-run driving, driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding and driving whilst disqualified.

Mutual recognition of driving disqualification came into effect between Britain and Northern Ireland on 11 October 2004 and was extended to include the Isle of Man on 23 May 2005.

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