Gardaí will be able to use handheld devices to instantly tell whether a vehicle is insured.
According to the Irish Independent, a new ‘hotlist’ of rogue drivers could be rolled out by the end of the year, which will mean officers will be able to scan a number plate to see if a vehicle is insured when they check a car on the roadside.
The new system will be linked to a database of uninsured drivers.
The move is an attempt to clamp down on the rise in the numbers taking to the roads without insurance – experts estimate there are around 150,000 uninsured drivers.
The CEO of the Road Safety Authority Moya Murdoch says it’s welcome news.