Learners who drive unaccompanied or who fail to display the correct L or N plates risk getting penalty points
Learner drivers who take to the road unaccompanied are to be given penalty points for the first time.
It is one of a number of changes to the points system announced by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe.
Other measures include tougher penalties for motorists who engage in dangerous overtaking or who fail to obey traffic lights.
Last year saw the first increase in road deaths in Ireland for several years, with 190 people losing their lives.
This year is on course to see a similar number.
Mr Donohoe has announced 14 new penalty point offences and tougher sanctions for nine existing ones.
From today, learners who drive unaccompanied or who fail to display the correct L or N plates risk getting penalty points for the first time.
Two offences which previously involved a court appearance have now been brought within the fixed charge notice and penalty points system: using a vehicle without an NCT and parking in a dangerous position.