Thursday, 17 October 2019

Questions (277)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

277. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the NDLS can reissue a driver licence to a person in a situation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42798/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Ireland has a driving licence exchange agreement in place with British Columbia, Canada since August 2017. This Agreement allows for the exchange of a valid driver's licence between the two jurisdictions. A valid licence means at the time of exchanging, the driver’s licence being exchanged:

- is not revoked, suspended, withdrawn, disqualified or cancelled by the Jurisdiction or the authority acting on behalf of the Jurisdiction that issued the driver’s licence;

- the licence is not subject to any kind of restriction or prohibition which results in the driver’s licence being unable to be used for the purpose for which it was intended by the holder thereof; and,

- is not, in the case of an Ireland licence, expired for more than 3 years at the time of exchange, or in the case of a British Columbia licence, expired for more than 12 months at the time of exchange.

As Minister I cannot intervene in individual cases, nor do I have access to the relevant information relating to specific situations.