Drive on: Kilkenny motorists granted seven-months grace on licences due for renewal
Kilkenny motorists worrying about renewing their driving licence during the Covid-19 crisis have received good news following the announcement of a seven-month extension to expired licences.
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan announced details of the extension to the validity period of driving licences in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption it has caused to licensing services delivered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
This extension means anyone whose driving licence is or has expired between March 1 and August 31 2020, will have its validity extended by seven months in total.
This, in effect, means that a person whose driving licence expired on 10 March 2020 will have the life of this licence extended to October 10, 2020, while a person whose licence expires on 15 August 2020 will have a new expiry date of March 15, 2021.
The Minister also confirmed that the exemption from having a current medical report for those aged 70 years and over, without specific medical conditions, is being extended.
The exemption is being put in place until 31 December 2020, and means that no medical report is required for over 70’s unless they have one of the conditions specifically listed in the licence renewal application form.