500 applications per day to swap licences

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD, has said the numbers of people looking to swap their UK driving licence for an Irish one has soared. Deputy Troy was commenting as the RSA confirmed to him that they are seeing a demand of up to 500 applications per day.

Deputy Troy explained, “I tabled the Parliamentary Question to ask the Minister for Transport whether additional resources would be made available in order to address the increased demand for licence swaps in light of Brexit.

“In the event of a no-deal Brexit the driving licence of a UK licence holder living in Ireland will no longer be recognised and the driver will not be able to continue driving on that licence.

“Understandably there are a lot of people very worried. I’ve been contacted by people who have asked me whether they will face higher insurance premiums if they switch to an Irish licence or if insurance providers will take their past experience into account. They were also worried that their no claims discount might be discounted as it was accumulated on a different licence.

“The Minister should have been front and centre in regards to these issues, instead, nine days before the UK are set to leave the EU, people still have to contact their insurance providers to seek clarity.

“I am glad that the RSA and the National Driver Licence Service have taken steps in processing applications and that they have increased their staffing numbers to deal with demand. I believe as March 29th edges closer with no-deal in sight the demands on the system will get greater and the Minister must ensure all necessary resources are provided”, concluded Deputy Troy.