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Do I have to tell an insurance company about a drunk driving

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Customer: ***** ***** Wood,for how long do I have to tell an insurance company about a drunk driving conviction,my conviction is 15 years old?
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Customer: I was banned for one year 15 years ago
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

1. I regret to say that you will have to continue to inform your insurance company of your one year driving ban as there is no legislation in Ireland currently, equivalent to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in England. This means that convictions don't become "spent" after a period of time. So you will have to continue to tell the insurance of the offence. Be aware that the Current coalition government has a bill before the dail which would change the law in this regard. It was originally introduced as a Private Members Bill by Barry Andrews TD but is still awaiting passage. This would change the law for you.

Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

2. HOwever, as things stand, an insurance contract is a contract of good faith and full disclosure. This means that the policy would be void if you didn't inform the insurance company of your previous conviction. So, if you had an accident, they could refuse cover on the basis of your failure to inform them of the conviction. So you should certainly inform them of it.

Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

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