Since 1st May, when new laws regarding driving licences were introduced to make driving without a licence a criminal offence, more than 1000 drivers have been caught breaking the law.

Of 1,014 drivers stopped in routine road checks, the majority, 939, had never passed their driving test. 53 were banned by police for various driving offences, pending a judicial hearing, another 11 were banned from driving after loosing all their points under the new system and 11 more had been banned for serious offences.

Violation of the new law is punishable by up to six months in prison, or depending on the circumstances, between 31 and 90 days community service.