Newly qualified drivers in Ireland could lose their license

Newly qualified drivers in Ireland could lose their license if caught on their mobile phones.

Transport Minster Shane Ross is open to expanding new laws that recently came into play in the UK, to Ireland if necessary.

Newly qualified drivers in Ireland could lose their license

New UK laws that came into play at the start of this month will see drivers caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel receiving double penalty points and double fine. These stricter and more severe laws mean newly qualified drivers will lose their license if caught.

Currently in Ireland, if a driver is caught on their mobile phone they will receive a fine and three penalty points. Tougher penalties and increased penalty points could be introduced to the Irish system if it saves lives, explained Mr. Ross.

Last year, 187 people lost their life on Irish Roads and according to Gardaí, an average of 76 people were detected for mobile phone offences every day.

Using your mobile phone while driving risks serious injury and even death to yourself, your passengers, other motorists and pedestrians.

Managing Director of Gary McClarty says “We welcome any change in the law intended to reduce the number of deaths on Irish roads. Motorists need to be aware of the dangers of using mobile phones while driving. It is inexcusable.”

This is as an epidemic problem, yet fortunately it is not applicable to everyone. does not punish all drivers for the common mistakes of their peers, they reward good drivers.

  • Share This Page:

For more tips and insights, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About BoxyMo is Ireland's first telematics dedicated insurer. This new concept is simple, we fit a telematics device, known as “BoxyMo” to your car. BoxyMo will then tell us how you drive and how far you drive. In addition to this “BoxyMo” will show you each month how to improve your driving and reduce your insurance costs. read more...

Our Address

  • Address: PO BOX 151 Letterkenny, Co Donegal

  • Opening Hours:

BoxyMo proudly supports JIGSAW

JIGSAW - Young people's health in mind

We use cookies on this website. More info can be found here.
Copyright © 2019 MCL InsureTech Ltd. All rights reserved. is a trading name of MCL InsureTech Ltd. who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom registration number: 306483 and the Central Bank of Ireland for conduct of business rules. MCL InsureTech Ltd, registered in Northern Ireland, company number NI041174. Registered office, 66 Railway Road, Coleraine, Co. L/Derry, BT52 1PG.