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(a)    

in paragraph (b), for “the State mentioned in subsection (1)”

 

substitute “the Republic of Ireland”, and

 

(b)    

for “the convention on driving disqualifications” substitute “the

 

specified agreement on driving disqualifications”.

 

4          

For the italic heading before section 56 substitute “Road traffic offences

 

in Republic of Ireland”.

 

5    (1)  

Section 56 (road traffic offences in Republic of Ireland: application of

 

section 57) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

For subsection (2) substitute—

 

“(2)    

The driving disqualification condition is met—

 

(a)    

in relation to an offence mentioned in Part 1 of Schedule

 

3B, if the offender is disqualified in the Republic of

 

Ireland as a result of the offence;

 

(b)    

in relation to an offence mentioned in Part 2 of that

 

Schedule, if the offender is disqualified in the Republic of

 

Ireland for a period not less than the minimum period as

 

a result of the offence.”

 

      (3)  

In subsection (3)—

 

(a)    

for “a State” substitute “the Republic of Ireland”,

 

(b)    

for “in that State” substitute “there”, and

 

(c)    

for “the law of that State” substitute “the law of the Republic of

 

Ireland”.

 

      (4)  

For subsection (4) substitute—

 

“(4)    

The minimum period is—

 

(a)    

for an offence in relation to which the Secretary of State

 

has by regulations specified a period of less than six

 

months, that period;

 

(b)    

for any other offence, a period of six months.”

 

      (5)  

Omit subsection (5).

 

      (6)  

In subsection (6), for “the part of the United Kingdom in which the

 

offender is normally resident” substitute “the relevant part of the United

 

Kingdom”.

 

      (7)  

After that subsection insert—

 

“(6A)    

In subsection (6), “the relevant part of the United Kingdom”

 

means—

 

(a)    

where the offender was normally resident in the United

 

Kingdom when convicted, the part of the United

 

Kingdom in which the offender was normally resident at

 

that time;

 

(b)    

where the offender was not normally resident in the

 

United Kingdom when convicted but held a Great Britain

 

licence or a Northern Ireland licence, the part of the

 

United Kingdom in which the offender was last normally

 

resident before conviction.”

 

      (8)  

Omit subsection (7).

 

      (9)  

In subsection (8)—


 
 

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(a)    

for “treating” substitute “about when”,

 

(b)    

after the first “United Kingdom” insert “are to be treated for the

 

purposes of this section”, and

 

(c)    

for “a member state other than the United Kingdom” substitute

 

“the Republic of Ireland”.

 

    (10)  

After subsection (9) insert—

 

“(10)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations amend Schedule 3B.”

 

6    (1)  

Section 57 (recognition in United Kingdom of foreign driving

 

disqualification) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In the heading, for “foreign” substitute “Republic of Ireland”.

 

      (3)  

In the following provisions, for “the foreign disqualification” substitute

 

“the Republic of Ireland disqualification”—

 

(a)    

subsection (1)(a);

 

(b)    

subsection (2) (in both places);

 

(c)    

subsection (4)(b);

 

(d)    

subsection (5)(b);

 

(e)    

subsection (6);

 

(f)    

subsection (8) (in both places).

 

      (4)  

In subsection (1)(a) and (b), for “one month” substitute “three months”.

 

      (5)  

In subsection (2)(b), for “the State in which the offender was convicted”

 

substitute “the Republic of Ireland”.

 

      (6)  

In subsection (3)—

 

(a)    

for “a State” substitute “the Republic of Ireland”, and

 

(b)    

for “in that State” substitute “there”.

 

7          

In section 58(1)(a) and (b) (notice under section 57), for “the foreign

 

disqualification” substitute “the Republic of Ireland disqualification”.

 

8    (1)  

Section 63 (production of licence: Great Britain) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (4), for “the competent authority of the relevant State”

 

substitute “the competent authority of the Republic of Ireland or the

 

Department”.

 

      (3)  

Omit subsection (5).

 

9    (1)  

Section 64 (production of licence: Northern Ireland) is amended as

 

follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (4), for “the competent authority of the relevant State”

 

substitute “the competent authority of the Republic of Ireland or the

 

Secretary of State”.

 

      (3)  

Omit subsection (5).

 

10         

In section 65(3) (production of licence: Community licence holders), for

 

the words from “the same” to the end substitute “the Republic of

 

Ireland”.

 

11         

In section 68 (endorsement of licence: Great Britain), for subsection (1)

 

substitute—


 
 

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“(1)    

This section applies where a person who—

 

(a)    

is normally resident in Great Britain, or

 

(b)    

is not normally resident in Great Britain but holds a Great

 

Britain licence,

 

    

is disqualified by virtue of section 57.”

 

12         

In section 69 (endorsement of licence: Northern Ireland), for subsection

 

(1) substitute—

 

“(1)    

This section applies where a person who—

 

(a)    

is normally resident in Northern Ireland, or

 

(b)    

is not normally resident in Northern Ireland but holds a

 

Northern Ireland licence,

 

    

is disqualified by virtue of section 57.”

 

13         

In section 70(1) (duty of appropriate Minister to inform competent

 

authority)—

 

(a)    

for “any State” substitute “the Republic of Ireland”, and

 

(b)    

for “the convention on driving disqualifications” substitute “the

 

specified agreement on driving disqualifications”.

 

14  (1)  

Section 72 (regulations: Great Britain) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (2), at the end insert “, subject to subsection (2A)”.

 

      (3)  

After subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under section

 

54(6), 56(10) or 71A may not be made unless a draft of the

 

instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of,

 

each House of Parliament.”

 

15  (1)  

Section 73 (regulations: Northern Ireland) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (2), at the end insert “, subject to subsection (2A)”.

 

      (3)  

After subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

Regulations made under section 54(7) may not be made unless a

 

draft of the regulations has been laid before, and approved by a

 

resolution of, the Northern Ireland Assembly.”

 

16  (1)  

Section 74(1) (interpretation) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

For the definition of “central authority” substitute—

 

““central authority” means an authority designated by the

 

Republic of Ireland as a central authority for the purposes

 

of the specified agreement on driving disqualifications;”.

 

      (3)  

For the definition of “competent authority” substitute—

 

““competent authority” means an authority which is a

 

competent authority in relation to the Republic of Ireland

 

for the purposes of the specified agreement on driving

 

disqualifications;”.

 

      (4)  

Omit the definition of “the convention on driving disqualifications”.

 

      (5)  

In the definition of “disqualified”, after “and” insert “, except in section

 

71A,”.


 
 

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      (6)  

Omit the definition of “foreign disqualification”.

 

      (7)  

At the end insert—

 

““Republic of Ireland disqualification” means the

 

disqualification mentioned in section 56;

 

“Republic of Ireland licence” means a licence to drive a

 

motor vehicle granted under the law of the Republic of

 

Ireland, including a learner permit.”

 

17         

In section 74(2) (interpretation of references to disqualification for life),

 

for “foreign disqualification” substitute “Republic of Ireland

 

disqualification”.

 

18         

In section 74, at the end insert—

 

“(3)    

For the purposes of this Chapter, an individual is normally

 

resident in, or in a part of, the United Kingdom, in Great Britain,

 

in Northern Ireland or in the Republic of Ireland if his or her

 

normal residence, as defined in Article 12 of Directive 2006/126/

 

EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20th

 

December 2006 on driving licences, is there.”

 

19  (1)  

Schedule 3 (offences for the purposes of section 54) is amended as

 

follows.

 

      (2)  

In the heading, at the end insert “: Great Britain”.

 

      (3)  

In paragraph 1, for sub-paragraph (2) substitute—

 

  “(2)  

“Driver” has the same meaning as in the Road Traffic Act

 

1988.”

 

      (4)  

In paragraph 2, omit “or Article 43(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation

 

(Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/276 (N.I. 2))”.

 

      (5)  

In paragraph 3—

 

(a)    

omit “or Articles of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order

 

1995”,

 

(b)    

in sub-paragraph (a), omit “or Article 9”,

 

(c)    

in sub-paragraph (b), omit “or Article 10”,

 

(d)    

in sub-paragraph (c), omit “or Article 12”,

 

(e)    

in sub-paragraph (d), omit “or Article 14”,

 

(f)    

in sub-paragraph (e), omit “or Article 15”,

 

(g)    

in sub-paragraph (f), omit “or Article 16”,

 

(h)    

in sub-paragraph (g), omit “or Article 17”, and

 

(i)    

in sub-paragraph (h), omit “or Article 18”.

 

      (6)  

In paragraph 5, omit “or Article 167(1) of the Road Traffic (Northern

 

Ireland) Order 1981 (S.I. 1981/154 (N.I. 1))”.

 

      (7)  

In paragraph 6, omit “or Article 175(2) of the Road Traffic (Northern

 

Ireland) Order 1981”.

 

      (8)  

In paragraph 7(a), omit “or Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Road Traffic

 

Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/1320 (N.I. 10))”.

 

20         

After Schedule 3 insert—


 
 

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Section 54

 

Offences for the purposes of section 54: Northern Ireland

 

Offences where order of disqualification for a minimum period

 

unnecessary

 

1    (1)  

Manslaughter by the driver of a motor vehicle.

 

      (2)  

“Driver” has the same meaning as in Article 2(2) of the Road

 

Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/2994 (N.I. 18)).

 

2          

An offence under Article 168A(1)(c) of the Road Traffic

 

(Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (S.I. 1981/154 (N.I. 1)) (driving

 

while disqualified).

 

3          

An offence under Article 175(2) of the Road Traffic (Northern

 

Ireland) Order 1981 (S.I. 1981/154 (N.I. 1)) (failing to stop after

 

accident and give particulars or report of accident).

 

4          

An offence under any of the following Articles of the Road

 

Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/2994

 

(N.I. 18))—

 

(a)    

Article 9 (causing death or grievous bodily injury by

 

dangerous driving),

 

(b)    

Article 10 (dangerous driving),

 

(c)    

Article 11A (causing death or grievous bodily injury by

 

careless or inconsiderate driving),

 

(d)    

Article 12 (careless, and inconsiderate, driving),

 

(e)    

Article 12B (causing death or grievous bodily injury by

 

driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured

 

drivers),

 

(f)    

Article 14 (causing death or grievous bodily injury by

 

careless driving when under the influence of drink or

 

drugs),

 

(g)    

Article 15 (driving, or being in charge, when under the

 

influence of drink or drugs),

 

(h)    

Article 16 (driving, or being in charge, of a motor

 

vehicle with alcohol concentration above prescribed

 

limit),

 

(i)    

Article 17 (failing to provide a specimen of breath for a

 

breath test), or

 

(j)    

Article 18 (failing to provide a specimen for analysis or

 

laboratory test).

 

5          

An offence under Article 43(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation

 

(Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/276 (N.I. 2))

 

(exceeding speed limit).


 
 

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Offences where order of disqualification for a minimum period

 

necessary

 

6          

An offence which—

 

(a)    

is mentioned in Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Road Traffic

 

Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/

 

1320 (N.I. 10)), but

 

(b)    

is not an offence mentioned in Part 1 of this Schedule.”

 

21         

After Schedule 3A insert—

 

Section 56

 

Offences for the purposes of section 56: Republic of Ireland

 

Offences where order of disqualification for a minimum period

 

unnecessary

 

1          

An offence arising from—

 

(a)    

reckless or dangerous driving, whether or not resulting

 

in death, injury or serious risk,

 

(b)    

wilful failure to carry out the obligations placed on

 

drivers after being involved in road accidents,

 

(c)    

driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol

 

or other substances affecting or diminishing the mental

 

and physical abilities of a driver,

 

(d)    

refusal to submit to alcohol and drug tests,

 

(e)    

driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speed, or

 

(f)    

driving a vehicle while disqualified.

 

Offences where order of disqualification for a minimum period

 

necessary

 

2          

An offence arising from conduct which is a road traffic offence

 

that is not mentioned in Part 1 of this Schedule.”

 

Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (c. 25)

 

22         

In Schedule 21 to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (consequential

 

amendments), omit paragraph 93 (uncommenced amendment of section

 

54 of the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003).

 

Transition from EU Convention to new agreement

 

Transitional period

 

23         

In this Part of this Schedule, “the transitional period” means the period—


 
 

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(a)    

beginning with 1 December 2014, and

 

(b)    

ending with the day before the first day on which—

 

(i)    

section (Mutual recognition of driving disqualification in UK

 

and Republic of Ireland)(2) to (5) are in force,

 

(ii)    

the Secretary of State has specified an agreement under

 

section 71A of the Crime (International Co-operation) Act

 

2003 (“the 2003 Act”), and

 

(iii)    

that agreement has entered into force.

 

Disapplication of duties and powers to give notices during the transitional period

 

24         

During the transitional period, the Secretary of State and the Department

 

of the Environment in Northern Ireland—

 

(a)    

are not required to give a notice under section 55 of the 2003 Act

 

(duty to give notice to foreign authorities of driving

 

disqualification of a non-UK resident),

 

(b)    

are not required or permitted to give a notice under section 57 of

 

the 2003 Act (recognition in United Kingdom of foreign driving

 

disqualification), and

 

(c)    

are not required to give reasons under section 70(3) of the 2003

 

Act (duty to give reasons for not giving a notice under section

 

57).

 

25         

Paragraphs 23 and 24 are to be treated as having come into force on 1

 

December 2014.

 

Application of duties and powers to give notices after the transitional period

 

26         

After the end of the transitional period, the Secretary of State and the

 

Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland—

 

(a)    

are required to give a notice under section 55 of the 2003 Act

 

(duty to give notice to foreign authorities of driving

 

disqualification of a non-UK resident),

 

(b)    

are required or permitted to give a notice under section 57 of the

 

2003 Act (recognition in United Kingdom of foreign driving

 

disqualification), and

 

(c)    

are required to give reasons under section 70(3) of the 2003 Act

 

(duty to give reasons for not giving a notice under section 57),

 

            

only in a case in which the offence referred to in section 54(1) or 56(1) of

 

the 2003 Act was committed after the end of the transitional period.

 

Saving for pre-1 December 2014 cases

 

27         

The amendments made by section (Mutual recognition of driving

 

disqualification in UK and Republic of Ireland) and Part 1 of this Schedule

 

do not have effect in relation to a case in which a notice was given to an

 

offender under section 57 of the 2003 Act before 1 December 2014.”

 

Insert the following new Schedule—


 
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