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Thursday 17 August 2017

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THE Irish driving licence could be recognised in a number of Canadian provinces following progress in international discussions.

Provinces in Canada with large Irish communities have been targeted by Irish officials for mutual recognition driver licensing agreements.

Canada has a decentralised driver licensing system, meaning each province is in charge of its own driver licence recognition.

Negotiations are ongoing between Irish officials and officials from the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Newfoundland, Manitoba and Labrador.

"With the introduction of new plastic driving licences earlier this year, it has made Irish licences more acceptable and credible around the world," Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle said.

But, he added: "Irish people living in Canada are now finding that some Canadian territories are not recognising their Irish licences."

Driving licence recognition agreements are already in place between Ireland and the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Irish licences operate under EU law which also allows for the mutual recognition of driving licences throughout each of the 28 member states.

In recent months the Road Safety Authority has worked with the embassy in Ottawa, to see if compatible licensing systems can be found between the Canadian provinces and Ireland.

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