Learning to drive?
Welcome to Pass The Test, your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about passing your driving test. On this site, you will be able to find information and resources relating to how to apply for a driving licence and how to prepare for your test, not to mention top tips on how to ace it! You’ll also find information on new laws being introduced to strengthen the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system in Ireland.
Unaccompanied Drivers & the Law
Under the Graduated Driver Licensing System in Ireland, learner drivers must always be accompanied by a fully qualified driver (not a novice).
Fixed charge and penalty point arrangements apply to learner drivers detected driving unaccompanied. In addition, penalties apply to the owner of a vehicle being driven by an unaccompanied learner driver.
- A learner driver detected of driving unaccompanied faces an €80 fine and two penalty points if paid within 28 days, a €120 fine and two penalty points if paid within the next 28 days and €120 and four penalty points if convicted in court.
- A vehicle being driven by an unaccompanied learner driver can be detained by Gardaí.
- The owner of a vehicle who allows an unaccompanied learner or unlicensed driver to drive their vehicle is liable to have their vehicle seized by the Gardaí and could face a fine of up to €1,000.
A lower threshold of penalty points leading to disqualification will apply to any driver who is granted their first learner permit on or after 1 August 2014 while they drive under a learner permit, and subsequently during the first two years while they drive under their first full driving licence.