An average of nine learner drivers get penalty points every day for not being accompanied by a fully qualified motorist.
According to freedom of information figures, almost 1,900 learners were penalised in the first seven months of this year.
It's against the law to drive unaccompanied on a learner permit. Otherwise, they face having their vehicle impounded, as well as a fine of up to €1,000, and up to four penalty points.
1,877 learners got penalty points for this offence between January and July.
That compares to 2,856 in all of 2021, meaning there's been an increase of around 13 per cent this year.
Brian Farrell, from the Road Safety Authority, says they're running the risk of being put off the road;
"For ordinary drivers, if they get twelve penalty points over a three-year period they face a disqualification but for learner novice drivers that threshold is seven points so they really are playing fast and loose with their licence."
238 learners got penalty points for holding a mobile phone while driving in the first seven months of this year. And over 2,100 got them for speeding.