IRELAND – The Irish Department of Transport is to bring in new regulations to remove road haulage licences from convicted criminals.
Truck drivers with previous convictions for murder, firearms offences, sexual assaults and drug and human trafficking in the past five years will have to give up their licences or face the prospect of a three-year prison sentence and a €500,000 fine.
Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) president, Vincent Caulfield, welcomed the legislation.
“There would be fellows taking the chance with drugs and people trafficking and it will be a deterrent to people in case they do lose their licence,” he said.
The new regulations have been introduced after the Department of Transport issued a haulage licence to a convicted drug dealer.