New driving licence system from 2013

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will be processing new driving licence applications from next year, removing the function from local authorities, Fine Gael Councillor Hughes has stated.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will be processing new driving licence applications from next year, removing the function from local authorities, Fine Gael Councillor Hughes has stated.

“This decision comes on foot of a review and the new system will be operational from January 2013,” Cllr Hughes explained.

“A new plastic card licence will also be issued to new applicants from this date. This will hopefully reduce the incidents of fraud, and will also be easier for drivers to carry their licences in their wallets.”

The Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) Act 2012, enacted earlier this year, provides for the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to be the national authority for driver licensing. 

“Work is well advanced on preparing for the transition to the new system,” said Cllr Hughes.

“There will be a period of transition for part of 2013, during which the local authorities will continue to perform some driver licensing functions on behalf of the RSA.  After that, the RSA will have full responsibility for providing the driver licence service.”