Penalties will apply in Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland
30 October 2009

New regulations to keep disqualified drivers off UK and Irish roads have been revealed.

An agreement between British, Northern Irish and Irish ministers means that, from February, all driving penalties imposed will be enforced in all regions under their jurisdiction.

Road safety minister Paul Clark said: "Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world but we need to do everything we can to improve even further.

"If a UK driver commits a serious offence while in Ireland their ban should still apply when they return home. These measures will keep dangerous drivers off our roads by ensuring that disqualified drivers are not able to escape their punishment."

The agreement is the first to be drawn up under the terms of the 1998 European Convention on driving disqualifications.

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