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Driver Requirements 

Any person driving a public service vehicle must be the holder of an appropriate licence. Most drivers who don't hold the appropriate licence also don't have insurance cover and this can, upon conviction, result in a
£5,000 fine and ,6-8 penalty points. The type of licence required depends on the number of passenger seats in the vehicle being hired.

Drivers of vehicles with 8 passenger seats or fewer are required to hold a valid taxi driver's licence. This
licence is only issued to drivers who have had their repute checked to ensure that they are a fit and proper person to hold a taxi driver's licence. This gives passengers some level of assurance that they will be
transported in relative safety.

The driver of a vehicle that is being used for weddings or funerals does not have to wear a taxi driver's badge. However, you can ask to see the driver's proof of licensing when booking the vehicle, or when it picks you up. A driver who is detected without the appropriate taxi driver's licence can, upon conviction, be
fined £1,000 and awarded 3-6 penalty points.

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During March we told you about the changes to vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern
Ireland. These come following the introduction of enhanced electronic services, to provide the same quality of service across the UK.

They will also give NI motorists additional services that they do not have now. The Driver & Vehicle Agency
(DVA) will no longer offer vehicle licensing services in Northern Ireland. This will become the responsibility
of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea.

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APPROVED DRIVING INSTRUCTORS

(AD Is) and MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTORS (AMls)

From 19 January 2013 a new Directive the third European Directive on - driving licences -tEU3-B) (2u06!126/EC) - will come- into force. This new legislation, which is aimed at improving road safety, will change driving licence rules in Northern Ireland.

The changes include:

new style design and format of the driving licence;new moped and motorcycle licensing categories (including minimum age requirements);new minimum test vehicle requirements for mopeds and motorcycles;new rules for car drivers towing trailers;an increase in the minimum age to 24

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MINISTER'S VIEWS ON THE WAY FORWARD FOR LEARNER AND RESTRICTED DRIVERS

Welcome to this new edition of Update. This edition provides you with an update on a number of issues including CBT, EU 3rd Directive and a range of other issues. I hope you find the contents of this edition of Update both interesting and informative.

MINISTER'S VIEWS ON THE WAY FORWARD FOR LEARNER AND RESTRICTED DRIVERS

On 15 May 2012 the Minister for Environment Alex Attwood, reported to the Assembly on the outcome of a recent North South Ministerial Council Transport sectoral meeting. Regarding his current thinking about reforming the current regime for learner and restricted drivers and on graduated licensing, he said:

"I am inclined to go down the road of allowing learner and restricted drivers to drive at a speed of 70 mph rather than 45 mph.

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