There was some good news for emigrants who currently live in Canada recently as the government announced that Irish driving licences will be recognised in the province’s of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The new agreement between both governments will also see Canadian driving licences being recognised here.
The move marks as a significant step for Irish emigrants moving to the country because previously, Irish motorists had to register as a learner and take another test because their original Irish licence wasn’t recognised.
It is understood the new agreement which was signed by the Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe, will see holders of a full Irish driving licence who wish take up residence in Newfoundland and Labrador, being able to automatically exchange their licence for a local one without having to re-take their test.
However the new rules only apply to the above provinces and those who wish to drive in certain other provinces will have to apply for a test. Mr Donohoe said that the Road Safety Authority was continuously working with the Canadian government to secure similar agreements allowing motorists to drive in other provinces, saying he hoped the issue would be “progressed in the near future”.