75% of Offaly people believe learners should be allowed drive unaccompanied
Our online poll of readers has revealed that 75% of Offaly people believe learners should be allowed to drive a car unaccompanied.
The poll was a reaction to a story on our website yesterday about a new clampdown by the Minister for Transport on learner drivers.
The clampdown, if approved by the Attorney General, would see parents handed a €2,000 fine or six-month jail term for allowing their children to drive unaccompanied without a fully licensed driver.
The efforts by Minister Ross to take such a strong stance on the issue comes after an unaccompanied driver was at fault for a crash which left two women dead in Cork in 2015.
Many people have agreed with his proposals, both in Cabinet and the general public, suggesting that the strict laws could save lives. However, our readers have gone against that grain.
They have argued that young people in rural areas will be hard done by if they are cut off from driving alone as they use cars to get to college or work in the absence of public transport.
Others also pointed toward the waiting list for a driving test which sees people waiting three months in Tullamore.
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