From today, drivers who are banned from driving in the UK or in Ireland will be banned from driving in both countries, thanks to a new deal between the UK and Irish governments.
The aim of the deal is to prevent drivers who have been banned in a foreign country from continuing to drive in their home country. Up until now, a UK driver banned in Ireland would still be able to drive as normal in the UK, for example. Similarly, an Irish driver banned in the UK would have been able to continue driving in Ireland.
The move is part of an eventual plan to recognise driving disqualifications throughout the EU – a requirement of the 1998 European Convention on Driving Disqualification.