A proposal that would make it an offence for the owner of a vehicle to allow it to be driven by an unaccompanied learner driver has come before the Dáil.

It is one of a number of amendments to the Road Traffic Act 2016, which was already passed last year.

The proposal originally arose out of the case of Geraldine and Louise Clancy, a mother and daughter killed in a collision involving a learner driver.

However, legal difficulties with the wording prevented the proposal from becoming law.

Campaigners have been calling for the measure to be implemented by Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

The minister also wants to give gardaí powers to seize a vehicle driven by an unaccompanied learner driver.

There were 42 fatal collisions involving unaccompanied learner drivers between 2012 and 2016.

Eight-year-old Zoe Scannell, from Abbeyfeale in Limerick, was killed in a car crash in June 2014 when an unaccompanied learner driver lost control of the car he was driving.

Her mother Alisha hopes Zoe's death will not be for nothing.

"Nobody deserves to lose a child, nobody deserves to lose anybody in a car accident," she said.

She said anything the Government can do to make the roads better was welcome.

"Obviously the learner driver side affects me because if I hear of accidents involving learner drivers, I think that was our situation, that's another family going through that," she said.

The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 Dáil would also toughen the law on drink-driving.

Under new legislation a driver detected over the blood alcohol limit will automatically be disqualified from driving, for three to six months, even if it is a first time offence.

Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has criticised the Government's proposal.

He put forward an alternative suggestion to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil this afternoon.

He said: "Wouldn't it have been way more productive if he had made an order that speed limiters be fitted to cars while they are provisional drivers' cars?

"It would have made much more sense. You have speed limiters in lorries and buses, you could have them in cars also."

He said that "a young fella" is entitled to one chance before they are punished.

Mr Varadkar said: "It's not a bad suggestion deputy".

He said that Mr Healy-Rae would have the opportunity to put down an amendment to the legislation when it comes before the house shortly.

"We should not forget however, 13 learner permit drivers died on our roads so far this year, 11 of whom were unaccompanied and I think that puts it into perspective," Mr Varadkar said.