Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (238)

Holly Cairns

Question:

238. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Transport if persons here with a UK driver licence that was issued in exchange for a Zimbabwean licence will be able to exchange their current driver license for an Irish driver licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38104/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Irish driving licensing legislation is based on a framework of European Union law.

A European Union driving licence is exchangeable for an Irish driving licence, except where the licence issued by the other Member State was itself issued in exchange for a licence from a state that is not a Member State, or a state that Ireland does not have a licence exchange agreement with.

As Ireland does not have a licence exchange agreement with Zimbabwe, a UK licence that was granted in exchange for a Zimbabwean licence cannot be exchanged for an Irish licence.

The Road Traffic (Recognition of Foreign Driving Licences) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 527 of 2007) refers.