Dáil Éireann - Volume 603 - 14 June, 2005

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

  467. Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Transport the reason a person with an Irish driving licence must pass a UK driving test when disqualified from driving in the UK; if there are any circumstances when this test does not need to be taken and if it can be taken here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19290/05]

  Mr. Cullen:In line with EU directive requirements, driving licences from EU member states are mutually recognised. A person may be the holder of only one EU driving licence and may only obtain a licence in the country in which he or she is normally resident. The UK requirement for a person who has been disqualified from holding a driving licence to pass the driving test as a prerequisite to having a licence restored is a matter appropriate to the UK authorities.