FF Slam Long Waits For UK-Irish Licence Exchanges

A recent warning to UK driving licence holders who have applied for an Irish equivalent to stay off the roads is set to cause chaos in the border region, a Fianna Fail TD has said.

Brendan Smyth, the party's European candidate for Midlands-North-West said the Road Safety Authority Warning may leave some people unable to drive for over a month, a "massively concerning" issue for those in the Cavan-Monaghan, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Louth areas.

"In the North West we are limited on public transport links. In many cases there are no alternatives for constituents other than private cars," Deputy Smith commented.

"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."


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