Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Justice and Equality
218. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the meetings he has held with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport regarding extending the eligibility criteria for asylum seekers to apply for a driver licence. [53755/19]
The issuing of driving licences is primarily a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and the relevant agencies under his remit. I understand that the issue is currently being examined by his Department.
I understand that the issue is not straightforward and requires careful consideration of both EU and national driver licensing law. In order to assist in the matter, my Department sought background information from the European Migration Network as to the interpretation and implementation of the relevant EU law, Article 12 of Directive 2006/126/EC on driving licences (recast), in other member states. This information has been provided to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Officials in our Departments will be meeting shortly to seek to advance this matter.
Where there are any changes to the application system as it may pertain to international protection applicants, this will be communicated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport accordingly, and by the relevant authorities who have oversight and responsibility for the issuance of driving licenses in the State.