Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (77)

Seán Ryan

Question:

184 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Transport his plans to introduce the promised legislation to licence and regulate driving instructors, especially in view of concerns that not all instructors have the required level of skill and expertise to successfully instruct new drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2140/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

Proposals being developed by my Department for the regulation and quality assurance of driving instruction will involve a test of the competence of individual instructors. The design of the standards that a driving instructor must meet has been formulated by a working group comprising representatives of my Department and of instruction interests. I am considering what arrangements will be put in place to oversee implementation of the standard in the context of the establishment of the Driver Testing and Standards Authority.