Passing by our local secondary school recently in a rural area, I was struck by the lack of L plates on display in the cars parked outside.
The number of cars parked by students is the same as previous years, when you'd see a 50/50 mix of N plates and L plates.
Now it's just c 50/50 N plates and the others have nothing up. Maybe these drivers have all qualified and have 2 years driving under them (unlikely at this age). Or maybe they are learner drivers now flying under the radar?
A possible conclusion is that Ross's new law may be making the roads more dangerous if we are less likely to be able to identify L drivers now.
Given the consequences for an unaccompanied learner and their parents or car owner now, it's pretty understandable for L drivers to take their plates down and make themselves less identifiable.
What does anyone else notice in rural Ireland?