THE man who lost his wife and daughter in a crash involving a learner driver has hit out at critics of the new law introduced in their name.
Noel Clancy, of Kilworth, has defended the introduction of the Clancy Amendment, which now enables gardaí to prosecute the owner of a car driven by an unaccompanied learner driver — in most cases a parent — and to also impound the car.
The new law has been criticised by several TDs, particularly those from rural areas, but Mr Clancy (right) said: “This is not an attack on rural Ireland. I am a parent of a learner driver myself.”
Figures released by the Road Safety Authority to the Evening Echo show there are 720 Cork drivers with points on their licence for not displaying an L-plate.
Mr Clancy said young people and parents both need to observe and obey the law.
There has been huge opposition in the Dáil, on media debates and on social media platforms to the introduction of the measures.
However, Mr Clancy pointed out that thousands of drivers have been hit with penalty points in the last 12 years for driving unaccompanied.
In recent days, gardaí have stopped a number of learner drivers who have not displayed their L plates. The cars have been seized under the Clancy Amendment.
Mr Clancy said: “Cars were being impounded every day of the week before now for other offences. Vehicles are not being confiscated forever.”
Noel’s wife, Geraldine, and daughter, Louise, died half a mile from their home in December, 2015, after a collision with an unaccompanied learner driver.