No-deal Brexit warning for tens of thousands of Irish motorists using UK licenses

Tens of thousands of Irish motorists are driving with UK licenses in spite of a warning that they could become invalid after a no-deal Brexit.

Up to 40,000 people are still driving with a UK license, according to new figures from the National Driver License Service (NDLS), The Irish Times reports.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has encouraged motorists to exchange their UK licenses for an Irish license as soon as possible.

An RSA spokesperson said: “There is an opportunity now to exchange your licence in good time and be certain you have a valid driving licence when the UK leaves the EU.

“If you wait until close to the UK exit date of October 31st you may face lengthy delays in exchanging a UK licence, and the NDLS cannot guarantee when you will have a valid licence to drive here in Ireland. For this reason those living in Ireland who hold a UK driving licence are strongly urged to act now and exchange their licence.”

More than 27,000 people have already exchanged their UK driving license for an Irish license this year, up from an average of just 6,000 in the past five years.

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