There has been much debate on social media and indeed on last night’s Tonight Show on Virgin Media 1 after Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae said there should be a debate to consider allowing off-the-road drivers a permit so they could drive to work, medical appointments and pick up their children from school.
Under a new system, proposed by Independent Michael Healy-Rae, those at the lower end of the scale who are found guilty of drink driving could be allowed to travel to work and nowhere else as long as they can prove their case.
It’s understood that the Dail will now not be considering the proposals after Minister for Transport Shane Ross released a statement saying he wouldn’t remotely entertain the idea.
Many in rural Ireland feel Ross’ drink driving laws are far too harsh.
If such a proposal was indeed approved, those who are banned from driving would have to prove that they need their vehicle in order to provide income.
Those wishing to appealing their ban would also have to prove that being banned from driving would greatly affect their families financial situation.
All I’m simply saying is explore the idea, it has worked in other countries, I don’t see why it couldn’t work here.
Again, all I’m saying is, look into it. https://t.co/ppNXsVJApX
— Michael Healy-Rae (@MHealyRae) March 4, 2019
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