First Cork car seized from a learner driver under the Clancy Amendment

First Cork car seized from a learner driver under the Clancy Amendment
Learner driver L-plate

ONE of the first vehicle seizures under the Clancy Amendment, targeting unaccompanied learner drivers, has taken place in Cork.

The car was seized on the M8 southbound, near Fermoy, by the local unit of the Roads Policing Unit.

The male driver was nabbed for speeding, and it was discovered that he was an unaccompanied learner driver.

Since December 21, it is an offence for the owner of a vehicle to knowingly allow an unaccompanied learner or an unlicensed person to drive his or her vehicle.

The measure was introduced under the Clancy Amendment, named after Kilworth mother and daughter Geraldine and Louise Clancy who died in a collision with an unaccompanied learner driver in December 2015.

Gardaí said that the driver and the owner of the car in Tuesday’s case on the M8 will now both face court appearances.

There have been a number of detections in Kildare since the introduction of the legislation.

In one incident on December 29, a car turned around when approaching a checkpoint.

Gardaí managed to stop the car and discovered it was being driven by an unaccompanied learner driver.

In a separate incident in recent days, a motorist was stopped because of having a faulty rear light.

Gardaí discovered that the car’s L plates had been taken down.

And in another separate case, an unaccompanied learner driver failed a roadside breath test and was found to be over the legal limit, as well as having broken the law under the Clancy Amendment.

On Tuesday, a learner motorist was detected in Kildare travelling at 115km/h in a 50km/h zone, while driving unaccompanied.

In that case, the driver was also travelling without L plates displayed.

Before the Clancy Amendment, learners could be fined for driving without a driver who has a full licence, but there was no penalty for a car owner who had allowed their vehicle be driven by an unaccompanied learner driver.

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