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Inishowen drivers face licence delays 05.03.13

ALMOST 60,000 credit-card driving licences are now on the road since the new system went live at the start of the year, new figures show.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) said more than 2,000 plastic licences are being issued per day despite hitches that have resulted in delays of up to five weeks in some counties including Donegal.
"There have been some initial technical difficulties in the first few weeks of the transition from the old paper based driving licence to the new EU-style plastic card driving licences. The technical issues related to delays in data transfer, poor quality photographs and sizing of application forms printed by some customers," said an RSA spokesperson.
“We are now issuing over 2,000 plastic card licences per day and since the new system went live on January 19, in excess of 59,000 new plastic driving licences cards have been issued to applicants.”
The new EU card type licence.
The RSA has overall responsibility for the delivery of the new system but local authority motor tax offices will continue to process applications until September 2013.
The new figures were released by the RSA as it responded to complaints that drivers in some areas are facing inordinate delays in getting new licences.
Motorists in Co Donegal are being told they could be without a licence for up to five weeks.
However, the Insurance Industry Federation (IIF) said drivers facing such delays are still covered by their insurance.
"Motor insurance policies cover you if you hold a licence or, having held a licence, you are not disqualified from holding one," said IIF non-life insurance manager, Michael Horan.
"You cannot penalise the innocent victim of a road crash because the driver is waiting for their licence to be issued," he added.
Meanwhile, the RSA urged people to submit applications in good time. Applications for licences or learner permits can be submitted up to three months before their expire.
"Our apologies for any inconvenience to our customers and we are confident that with the support of our colleagues in motor tax offices that any backlogs will be dealt with as quickly as possible," added the RSA spokesperson.
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