Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (218)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

218. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Transport if there has been a change of policy in recent times that has led to the NDLS recording the place of birth of an Irish citizen as Northern Ireland rather than Ireland when they apply for a driver licence renewal. [37841/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

There has been no change of policy as there is no policy element to the details recorded on the driving licence. In general, the details to be recorded on a driving licence in an EU member state are set out in the relevant Directive which is transposed into Irish law by primary and secondary legislation. Among the details to be recorded are the date and place of birth. The implementation of the relevant law is an operational matter for the Road Safety Authority.

I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.