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Andrew Constance says driving loophole needs to go

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance says the driving loophole for international license-holders must be dealt with.

The loophole allows motorists using a foreign-issued license to ignore local restrictions such as P-plater conditions and to avoid penalties attached to a NSW licence.

Drivers on the international license can have up to 50 points against their name with no license suspension.

Mr Constance tells Ray Hadley the police database has an eight-week processing lag that doesn’t allow officers to immediately see the record of the driver.

He says non-permanent residents should be required to have a NSW license.

“The question I’ve been asking myself in the last 24 hours is, when someone comes into the country you have to declare a banana but you don’t have to declare whether you’ve got an intention to drive.

“My preference would be if you’re on a working visa, or a student visa, well then you should be required to get a driving license in NSW.”

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