Fianna Fáil European candidate for Midlands-North-West and TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has said the warning informing UK licence holders, who have applied to exchange their licence for an Irish equivalent, to stay off the road until their application has been completed, will cause chaos in the border region for road users.
Deputy Smith commented, “The warning from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) that road users exchanging British licences for Irish licences may be off the road for up to one month, possibly longer when you count in days lost over Easter, is massively concerning for those in areas such as Cavan-Monaghan, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Louth.
“In the North West we are limited on public transport links. In many cases there are no alternatives for constituents other than private cars.
“Figures released to my Party have shown up to 500 people per day applying for a licence exchange.
“I have been contacted by people who are very worried. There is so much uncertainty regarding licences, green cards, and doubt surrounding driving experience plus no claim’s bonuses on their British licence and new Irish licence when renewing car insurance.
“First and foremost, I would urge drivers to submit their licence application now to avoid any unnecessary delays.
“There is confusion surrounding Brexit. With eight days to go, and an extension requested, the Minister must ensure all available resources are provided to the RSA and the National Driver Licence Service,” concluded Deputy Smith.