Learners who drive unaccompanied could land the owner of the car in prison for 6 months.
New proposals which have been approved by cabinet also include a €2,000 fine for anyone who allows a learner drive their vehicle.
The measures would also give Gardaí the power to impound vehicles on the spot if it's being driven by an unaccompanied learner.
The exact penalties still need the final seal of approval by the Attorney General but Conor Faughnan from AA Ireland thinks the laws will be hard to enforce:
"I would have a concern that that might be a difficult law to get through in a robust manner that was constitutional because you're punishing me for another adult's deeds"
I"t might be a tough one to defend against inevitable legal challenge".