The modernisation of driver training and licensing is a key foundation stone of
the Government's current Road Safety Strategy. The first phase of the modernisation
project has been completed and an additional nine actions have been announced. These
If you have yet to acquire your learner permit, in the future, in order to pass
your test, your accompanying driver will be more involved in your training and you
will have to take compulsory driving lessons. Learners preparing for their driving
test should also be aware that changes are being made to the driving test itself.
In Ireland, in the first two years of holding their full license, individuals will
be classed as 'novice drivers'. In the future, novice drivers may have to pass a
Hazard Protection Test, bear 'R plates' to indicate their new-driver status, and
face steeper penalties for certain driving violations.