Drivers in Ireland with a UK driving licence are being urged to exchange it for an Irish licence before November in case of a no-deal Brexit.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal UK driving licences, including Northern Ireland, will no longer be valid in Ireland.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising motorists to act now and avoid possible lengthy delays after the UK exit date of 31 October 2019.
“Brexit, in whatever form it takes, will have a significant impact on Ireland, and requires planning by Government, business and citizens,” said Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO for the RSA. “The fact is a UK licence holder resident here must exchange their UK licence for an Irish one. It is vital that this is done before the UK leaves the EU because under current EU arrangements a UK licence holder resident here in Ireland has an entitlement to exchange the licence for an Irish driving licence. This entitlement will expire on 31 October if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.”
This year 30,000 UK licences have been exchanged for an Irish driving licence by the National Driver Licensing Service (NDLS).