Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Seán Haughey

Question:

671 Mr. Haughey asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of persons given appointments for a driving test for each of the years since 1990; the number of persons who failed to turn up on the day; the number of persons who passed the test; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1302/99]

Information in the form requested is only available from the year 1991 and is set out in the following table:–

Year

Numberof TestAppointments

Number ofpersons whodid not attendon the day

NumberPassed

1991

126,254

8,866

59,317

1992

106,374

6,243

50,983

1993

107,007

8,082

52,062

1994

99,400

8,087

47,951

1995

101,985

6,676

51,185

1996

112,930

7,122

57,840

1997

112,469

6,672

58,127

1998

109,062

6,408

56,824

Theresa Ahearn

Question:

672 Mrs. T. Ahearn asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of applicants awaiting a driving test in each test centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1318/99]

Denis Naughten

Question:

701 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of people on waiting lists to take the driving test; the number of people on the waiting list at each of the driving test centres; the number of testers at each centre; the average waiting time for a driving test at each centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1582/99]

Dick Spring

Question:

712 Mr. Spring asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is an eleven month delay for driving tests at the Tralee and Killarney centres; and the steps, if any, he is taking to alleviate this problem. [1782/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 672, 701 and 712 together.

Some 87,000 applicants are at present awaiting driving tests. Of these, approximately 18,000 have been given test appointments and a further 8,500 have indicated that they are not currently available to be tested. The national average waiting period for a driving test is now some 27 weeks. Average waiting periods have not been compiled for all individual test centres due to limitations in the IT systems involved.

As indicated in the reply to Question No. 264 of 24 November 1998 my Department is responding to this unsatisfactory situation by increasing the numbers and productivity of its driver testers. Saturday testing has been in place for some time and a further package of productivity measures has also been implemented. The service is also being augmented by the appointment of new driver testers on both a permanent and contract basis.

Information on the deployment of testers who are assigned to regions and not individual test centres and the numbers on the waiting list at each centre is set out in the following tables.

Assignment of Testers

Region

Number of Testers Assigned

West

6

North West

9

South West

15

South East

10

South Leinster

15

North Leinster

19

Numbers on Waiting List at each Centre

Centre

Number of applicants awaiting test at 4 January, 1999

Athlone

696

Ballina

742

Birr

774

Buncrana

544

Carlow

1,282

Castlebar

1,592

Cavan

1,377

Churchtown/Rathgar

13,009

Carrick-on-Shannon

839

Clifden

237

Clonmel

1,300

Cork

6,161

Donegal

970

Dundalk

2,410

Dungarvan

951

Ennis

942

Finglas

13,207

Galway

2,275

Gorey

1,191

Kilkenny

1,431

Killarney

1,590

Kilrush

370

Letterkenny

1,393

Limerick

2,884

Longford

845

Loughrea

797

Mallow

1,509

Monaghan

991

Mullingar

1,288

Newcastle West

1,343

Naas

3,660

Navan

2,372

Nenagh

557

Portlaoise

930

Roscommon

863

Shannon

651

Skibbereen

1,649

Sligo

1,162

Thurles

642

Tipperary

593

Tralee

1,696

Tuam

778

Tullamore

1,092

Waterford

1,814

Wexford

1,634

Wicklow

1,764

Total

86,796