Learner drivers set for tougher penalties

Learner drivers are set to face tougher penalties for breaking traffic rules.

Government Ministers will today discuss measures in a new Road Traffic Bill - which includes a provision to impose two penalty points for beginners who are caught driving unaccompanied.

If they are not showing their L-plates on their vehicle they will get another two points on their licence.

It is thought that around one in 10 drivers on Irish roads are using provisional licences.

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