Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) (Amendment) (No. 8) Regulations 2020.

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Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in

“Iris Oifigiúil” of 3rd November, 2020.

I, EAMON RYAN, Minister for Transport, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by sections 5 (1) and 42 (2) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (No. 24 of 1961), section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 2006 (No. 23 of 2006) and the National Roads and Road Traffic (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002 ( S.I. No 298 of 2002 ) (as adapted by the Transport, Tourism and Sport (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 ( S.I. No. 351 of 2020 )), for the purpose of giving further effect to Directive 2006/126/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 20061 and Directive (EU) 2018/645 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 April 20182 and for the purpose of giving effect to Directive (EU) 2020/612 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 May 20203 , hereby make the following regulations:

1. (1) These Regulations may be cited as the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) (Amendment) (No. 8) Regulations 2020.

(2) These Regulations, other than paragraphs (c) and (f) of Regulation 2, come into operation on 1 November 2020.

(3) Paragraphs (c) and (f) of Regulation 2 come into operation on 7 February 2021.

2. The Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 2006 ( S.I. No. 537 of 2006 ) are amended –

(a) in Regulation 3(1), by the insertion of the following:

“ ‘Alternatively fuelled vehicle’ has the meaning assigned to it in Article 2 of Council Directive 96/53/EC of 25 July 19964 ;”;

(b) in Regulation 6, by the insertion of the following in column (2) opposite the mention of “B” in column (1):

“Alternatively fuelled vehicles with a maximum authorised mass above 3,500 kg but not exceeding 4,250 kg for the transport of goods operating without a trailer by holders of a category B driving licence which was issued at least two years before, provided that the mass in excess of 3,500 kg is due exclusively to the excess of mass of the propulsion system in relation to the propulsion system of a vehicle of the same dimensions, which is equipped with a conventional internal combustion engine with positive ignition or compression ignition, and provided that the cargo capacity is not increased in relation to the same vehicle.”;

(c) in Regulation 24, by the deletion of paragraph (2);

(d) in Regulation 27, by the substitution of the following for paragraph (4):

“(4) (a) A driving licence or a certificate of competency in respect of a vehicle with automatic transmission belonging to a category set out in column (1) of the Table to paragraph (3) shall, for the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (5), be regarded as a driving licence or a certificate of competency, as the case may be, in respect of vehicles -

(i) with automatic transmission belonging to a category set out in column (2) of the Table opposite the mention in column (1) of the first-mentioned category, or

(ii) without limitation to automatic transmission where the driving licence or certificate of competency is for any of the categories BE, C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E when the applicant -

(I) already holds a driving licence without code 78 automatic transmission in any of the categories B, BE, C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E, and

(II) has performed the actions described in paragraph (3)(c)(x) of Schedule 4 during the driving test.”;

(e) by the substitution of the following for Regulation 56:

“EU Driving Licence Network

56 (1) The licensing authority shall assist Member States in the implementation...

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