Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (228)

Martin Heydon

Question:

228. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the options open to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in relation to the renewal of a tractor licence which has lapsed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23693/14]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Statutory responsibility for the management and operation of the driver licensing service rests with the Road Safety Authority. It is a legal requirement for drivers to carry a valid licence of the appropriate category whenever they drive on public roads. A driving licence may be renewed up to ten years after it has lapsed without the requirement to undergo a driving test. In cases where the applicant for renewal of a licence is over seventy, they must also provide eyesight and medical reports. Once a licence has lapsed for more than ten years, the individual will be treated as a learner and must start from the beginning of the learner driver process.