Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (88)

David Stanton

Question:

199 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Transport the plans he has to reform the current driving test; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2310/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The requirements of the practical driving test are set out in the relevant EU directive. A number of improvements to the practical driving test are in the course of implementation on foot of amendments agreed at EU level. These changes relate to random checks on mechanical aspects of vehicles which have a bearing on road safety such as tyres, steering, brakes, engine oil, coolant, washer fluid, lights, reflectors, indicators and horn. A study to assess the impact of these additional requirements is currently under way in my Department.

In addition, my Department, in conjunction with the Office of Public Works, is arranging for the implementation of improvements to truck tests i.e. parking safely for loading/unloading at a loading ramp and coupling and uncoupling the vehicle.

Further changes are also due to be introduced to the driving test by October 2005 related to manoeuvres to be carried out by motorcyclists.