Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Questions (256)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

256. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding a driving licence in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33679/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The operation of the driver licensing system is a matter for the Road Safety Authority (RSA), and I cannot comment on individual cases. As far as the law is concerned, car drivers in the age range 60 to 67 may apply for a licence which expires at 70.  From 67-69 they may apply for a three-year licence.  In neither case is a medical report required.  The legislation requires a medical report if the applicant will be 70 or more on the day of commencement of the licence.  However, in circumstances where there is a condition or a history of conditions which the legislation requires be notified in a licence application, a medical report would be required from an applicant who is under 70.

The  circumstances described by the Deputy should not therefore arise.  A person of 66 at the time of the commencement of the licence should receive a licence valid until they turn 70, and should not be asked for a medical report unless they have a condition, or a history of a condition, which requires notification.  In the latter case their existing licence should have a code 101 on it, indicating that renewal is subject to a medical report.