A deal to keep disqualified drivers off UK and Irish roads will come into force in February 2010.
UK drivers disqualified for an offence in the Republic of Ireland will no longer escape that punishment when they return home. Likewise, disqualifications earned by Irish drivers while in the UK will be recognised and enforced when they return to Ireland.
The measures are the result of a deal agreed between British, Irish and Northern Ireland ministers and represent the first practical step of its kind in Europe.
Paul Clark, road safety minister, said: "If a UK driver commits a serious offence while in Ireland their ban should still apply when they return home.
"These measures will keep dangerous drivers off our roads by ensuring that disqualified drivers are not able to escape their punishment.
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