Legal Matters/Rules of the Road 1

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A They may not drive on dual carriageways.
B They may not drive on motorways.
C They may not drive on national roads.
D They may not drive on rural roads.
Correct Answer: B They may not drive on motorways.
Explanation: A learner permit holder must not drive on a motorway. It is a serious offence to do so.
A No, all motor vehicles must display a current tax disc.
B No, only vintage vehicles are exempt from displaying a tax disc.
C Yes, but for not more than 10 days after the expiry of the previous disc.
D Yes, but for not more than one month after the expiry of the previous disc.
Correct Answer: A No, all motor vehicles must display a current tax disc.
Explanation: A motor vehicle must be taxed and must display the up-to-date tax disk before it may be taken on the road.
A They should contact the Gardaí for approval.
B They should drive it only in case of an emergency.
C They should renew it within 10 days of expiry.
D They should tax it immediately.
Correct Answer: D They should tax it immediately.
Explanation: A motor vehicle must be taxed and must display the up-to-date tax disc before it may be taken on the road.
A Only on a temporary basis if the other vehicle is subject to a lower rate of tax.
B Under circumstances when the proper form has been completed and sent to the local Motor Tax Office.
C Under no circumstances should a tax disc be transferred to another vehicle.
D Yes, provided their own vehicle is not being used at the same time.
Correct Answer: C Under no circumstances should a tax disc be transferred to another vehicle.
Explanation: A motor vehicle must be taxed and must display its own current tax disc before it may be taken on the road. The tax disc includes information about the vehicle, including its make and model, colour and registration number.
A The Gardaí have total responsibility in this area.
B The driver and/or the owner of the vehicle are responsible.
C The driver is the only one responsible.
D The owner is the only one responsible.
Correct Answer: B The driver and/or the owner of the vehicle are responsible.
Explanation: If you are the owner or the driver of a vehicle, you must ensure that it is taxed and that it displays an up-to-date tax disc before you take it on the road.
A At all times when the vehicle is on a public road.
B Not later than 1 month after registration.
C Not later than 10 days after registration.
D Only when driving on motorways.
Correct Answer: A At all times when the vehicle is on a public road.
Explanation: A motor vehicle must be taxed before it may be taken on the road, and it must always display an up-to-date tax disc.
A All drivers may make temporary use.
B Only buses and taxis.
C Only hackneys and taxis.
D Only moped riders and motorcyclists.
Correct Answer: A All drivers may make temporary use.
Explanation: Drivers may make temporary use of a cycle track with a broken white line on the right hand side if it is not occupied.
A Stop safely when the amber light shows, or when red lights start to flash.
B When the barrier is fully up.
C When the red and amber lights stop flashing.
D When there are no lights visible.
Correct Answer: A Stop safely when the amber light shows, or when red lights start to flash.
Explanation: You must stop safely when the amber light shows. Flashing red lights have the same meaning as a steady red traffic light - stop safely when they show.
A Drive half way across and close the first gate before opening the second.
B Open both gates and after passing the first, stop and close it.
C Open both gates before proceeding to cross.
D Telephone the nearest railway station before opening a gate.
Correct Answer: C Open both gates before proceeding to cross.
Explanation: At a level crossing with unattended gates a driver must stop, look for trains and listen for the sound of a horn or approaching trains. If it is safe, open both gates, complete the crossing and then close both gates.
A It is prohibited to proceed in the direction indicated.
B Proceed smartly through junction to avoid delay.
C The direction indicated is a cul-de-sac.
D When safe, drivers should proceed in the direction indicated.
Correct Answer: D When safe, drivers should proceed in the direction indicated.
Explanation: When you meet a flashing amber arrow at a junction, you should proceed in the direction indicated provided it is safe to do so.
A During business hours only.
B For the duration of the roadworks.
C Only when road workers are on site.
D Only when there is oncoming traffic.
Correct Answer: B For the duration of the roadworks.
Explanation: Temporary speed limits at road works apply for the duration of the works. When road works are completed, normal speed limits apply.
A Double park in a convenient place with your hazard lights on.
B Park in a safe, legal and convenient place.
C Park on the footpath so as not to impede the free flow of traffic in the road.
D Park slightly up on the footpath with the hazard lights on.
Correct Answer: B Park in a safe, legal and convenient place.
Explanation: You should park only where it is safe, legal and convenient to do so. Your parked vehicle must not cause a danger or an obstruction to other road users. The use of hazard warning lights does not excuse unsafe or illegal parking.
13. What is a clearway? Please choose one answer
A An area that is reserved for pedestrians and motorised wheelchairs.
B An area that is strictly reserved for the loading and unloading of HGVs.
C An area where stopping and parking is not permitted during certain times.
D An area where stopping and parking is reserved for buses and taxis only.
Correct Answer: C An area where stopping and parking is not permitted during certain times.
Explanation: A clearway is an area of road that must be kept clear for moving traffic during certain times of the day ( usually busy periods). The times when stopping or parking is prohibited are shown on an information plate under the sign.
A They may not drive at speeds of more that 80 km/h.
B They may not drive on motorways.
C They may not drive vehicles with manual transmission.
D They must continue to display L-plates.
Correct Answer: C They may not drive vehicles with manual transmission.
Explanation: If you pass your driving test in a vehicle fitted with automatic transmission, a code 78 will be noted on the full licence in the restrictions/information column.
A All roads except dual-carriageways.
B All roads except motorways and dual-carriageways.
C All roads except motorways.
D All roads except national roads.
Correct Answer: C All roads except motorways.
Explanation: A learner permit holder must not drive on a motorway. It is a serious offence to do so.
A It is never permitted to park on a footpath.
B When at least half of the footpath remains free for pedestrians.
C When cars are parked on both sides of the road.
D When no more than half of the vehicle is on the footpath.
Correct Answer: A It is never permitted to park on a footpath.
Explanation: It is an offence to park on a footpath. Where a vehicle is parked on a footpath, pedestrians may have to step onto the road to go around the vehicle and so place themselves in danger.
17. When is double parking permitted? Please choose one answer
A It is never permitted.
B When there are double white lines.
C When there are double yellow lines.
D When there is a hard shoulder.
Correct Answer: A It is never permitted.
Explanation: Double parking is never permitted. Parking is never permitted where it might interfere in any way with the normal flow of traffic or obstruct or endanger other road users.
A Parking at a taxi rank is prohibited unless driving a taxi.
B When parking for less than 15 minutes.
C When the rank is unoccupied.
D When waiting to collect passengers from a taxi.
Correct Answer: A Parking at a taxi rank is prohibited unless driving a taxi.
Explanation: Stopping or parking within an area marked as a taxi rank is prohibited as this may obstruct taxis entering or leaving the rank.
A Parking is never permitted at a sharp bend.
B When drivers coming from behind can see the parked vehicle.
C When parking no more than 45 centimetres from the kerb or edge of the road.
D When the hazard warning lights of the parked vehicle are on.
Correct Answer: A Parking is never permitted at a sharp bend.
Explanation: Parking is never permitted where it might interfere in any way with the normal flow of traffic or obstruct or endanger other road users - for example, by forcing other drivers into the path of oncoming traffic.
A Only when there is no traffic on the road.
B Parking is never permitted on the brow of a hill.
C Parking is permitted when a vehicle has an efficient handbrake.
D When the driver angles the wheels towards the kerb.
Correct Answer: B Parking is never permitted on the brow of a hill.
Explanation: Parking on the brow of a hill or on a humpbacked bridge is prohibited. Parking in such a place may restrict the zone of vision of drivers approaching the hill and force them into the path of oncoming traffic.
A To alert drivers to road flooding ahead.
B To inform the driver of an increased speed limit ahead.
C To prioritise heavy goods traffic.
D To slow down traffic in the vicinity.
Correct Answer: D To slow down traffic in the vicinity.
Explanation: The purpose of traffic calming measures is to slow down fast-moving traffic to a speed more suitable for the area they are entering. These measures are usually found in rural areas on the entry points to towns or villages.
A Never, a number plate must always be displayed.
B When being towed by an agricultural tractor.
C When carrying a load that overhangs the trailer.
D When the tailboard is removed.
Correct Answer: A Never, a number plate must always be displayed.
Explanation: The law requires all motorised vehicles to display a rear number plate that is clean and legible.
A Buses and cyclists.
B Cyclists and motorcyclists.
C Cyclists and motorised wheelchairs.
D Cyclists and taxis.
Correct Answer: C Cyclists and motorised wheelchairs.
Explanation: A cycle track is for the use of cyclists and motorised wheelchairs. No other vehicles may cross into or over a mandatory cycle track unless this is necessary in order to leave a side road or a property adjacent to the cycle track.
Correct Answer: A 100 km/h.
Explanation: It is illegal to exceed 100 km/h when driving on a single carriageway national road.
Correct Answer: D 80 km/h.
Explanation: When towing a caravan on a national road, it is illegal to exceed 80 km/h - excessive speed will make such a vehicle unstable.
Correct Answer: C 80 km/h.
Explanation: When towing a caravan on a motorway it is illegal to exceed 80 km/h - excessive speed will make such a vehicle unstable.
Correct Answer: D 80 km/h.
Explanation: When towing a trailer on a national road, it is illegal to exceed 80 km/h - exceeding this speed will make the vehicle unstable.
Correct Answer: D 80 km/h.
Explanation: When towing a trailer on a motorway it is illegal to exceed 80 km/h - excessive speed will make such a vehicle unstable.
29. Where is a driver allowed to park? Please choose one answer
A At road works.
B On a footpath.
C Where the driver is not blocking other road users their view of traffic signals or the road ahead.
D Where there is a continuous white line along the centre of the road.
Correct Answer: C Where the driver is not blocking other road users their view of traffic signals or the road ahead.
Explanation: It is an offence to park at the side of a road that has a single or double continuous white line along its centre. Parking on such a road could create an obstruction and may cause inconvenience or danger to other road users.
A 10 metres.
B 15 metres.
C 20 metres.
D 5 metres.
Correct Answer: B 15 metres.
Explanation: It is an offence to park 15 metres before or 5 metres after a pedestrian crossing. Parking in this manner may restrict the zone of vision of drivers approaching the crossing and endanger pedestrians.
A 10 metres, unless parking spaces are clearly marked.
B 15 metres, unless parking spaces are clearly marked.
C 20 metres, unless parking spaces are clearly marked.
D 5 metres, unless parking spaces are clearly marked.
Correct Answer: D 5 metres, unless parking spaces are clearly marked.
Explanation: It is an offence to park within 5 metres of a road junction unless parking spaces are clearly marked. Parking in that area may restrict the zone of vision of drivers approaching the junction and may cause an obstruction to large vehicles wishing to turn.
A Yes, for 1 hour between 07.00 hrs to 23.30 hrs.
B Yes, for 1 hour between 23.30 hrs to 07.00 hrs.
C Yes, outside business hours.
D Yes, with the property owner's consent.
Correct Answer: D Yes, with the property owner's consent.
Explanation: You may park across the entrance to a property only with the owners consent. Parking across an entrance may cause inconvenience and danger to persons entering or leaving the property.
33. How should an L-plate be composed? Please choose one answer
A A green L on a white background.
B A red L on a transparent background.
C A red L on a white background.
D A white L on a red background.
Correct Answer: C A red L on a white background.
Explanation: L-plates should be displayed front and rear. The plates should be a red L on a white background and should be not less than 15 cm high with a border of at least 2 cm. A learner motorcyclist must wear a yellow tabard displaying L-plates front and rear. The L-plates must be not less than 15 cm high on a white background.
A Breakdown recovery.
B Doctor on call.
C Fire brigade.
D Mountain rescue.
Correct Answer: C Fire brigade.
Explanation: In the course of their duty Gardaí, Fire Brigade and ambulance personnel are exempt from some traffic laws including speed limits, as long as they do not put other road users in danger. If you hear or see a Garda or emergency vehicle approaching under emergency conditions, be extra careful and give way, if it is safe to do so.
A Ambulance.
B Breakdown recovery.
C Doctor on call.
D Mountain rescue.
Correct Answer: A Ambulance.
Explanation: In the course of their duty Gardaí, Fire Brigade and ambulance personnel are exempt from some traffic laws including speed limits, as long as they do not put other road users in danger. If you hear or see a Garda or emergency vehicle approaching under emergency conditions, be extra careful and give way, if it is safe to do so.
A Breakdown recovery.
B Doctor on call.
C Garda.
D Mountain rescue.
Correct Answer: C Garda.
Explanation: In the course of their duty Gardaí, Fire Brigade and ambulance personnel are exempt from some traffic laws including speed limits, as long as they do not put other road users in danger. If you hear or see a Garda or emergency vehicle approaching under emergency conditions, be extra careful and give way, if it is safe to do so.
A Both front and rear.
B On the driver's side only.
C On the front only.
D On the rear only.
Correct Answer: A Both front and rear.
Explanation: The holder of a learner permit must display L-plates on the front and rear of their car at all times when driving on public roads.
A 3,000 kilograms
B 3,250 kilograms
C 3,450 kilograms
D 3,500 kilograms
Correct Answer: D 3,500 kilograms
Explanation: The holder of a Category B driving licence is not permitted to drive a vehicle with a design gross vehicle weight of more than 3,500 kg. This restriction is noted on the licence.
A Children should never be allowed to drive a tractor.
B When accompanied by a fully licensed driver.
C When it is being driven at very slow speeds and not towing a trailer.
D When it is being driven at very slow speeds and without a front loader.
Correct Answer: A Children should never be allowed to drive a tractor.
Explanation: Persons under 16 years of age are not permitted to drive a tractor in a public place.
A 100 km/h.
B 120 km/h.
C 60 km/h.
D 80 km/h.
Correct Answer: B 120 km/h.
Explanation: It is illegal to exceed 120 km/h when driving on a motorway.