Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
595. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will give gardaí the power to seize vehicles of unaccompanied learner drivers that have been stopped at that moment in which they are found to be driving unaccompanied and-or without L plates, and-or should they have contravened any other road traffic offence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8642/17]
Currently, An Garda Síochána has the power to detain vehicles in a number of circumstances, such as where the vehicle is untaxed, uninsured, or does not have an NCT. An extension of this power to cover vehicles being driven by unaccompanied learners would require an amendment to section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1994, and I would like to advise the Deputy that this is something that I am willing to consider in the context of future road traffic legislation.