Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
148. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of work being carried out in relation to the issuing of driver licences to applicants for international protection that is, asylum seekers which is currently not permitted; the date for the implementation of policy change on this matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28096/21]
As mentioned in my reply of 15 February to the Deputy, there are a number of complex legal, administrative and technical issues to consider and resolve to enable international protection applicants access to a driving licence. One of these issues is connected to the primary legislative proposal to grant the Minister for Transport the power to revoke a driving licence, and is planned for inclusion in the Road Traffic Bill 2021. The Bill is expected to be introduced to the Houses shortly. Secondary legislation changes will also be required.
Work is also continuing on the administrative and technical solutions needed. It is not possible at this time to give a definitive date as to when these changes will be in place.