Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1276)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1276. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of a driver test for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18656/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The driving test service is run by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and my Department has no input into the scheduling of appointments.

The current wait time at the Carlow test centre is 7 weeks. This is lower than the Authority's target for a national average waiting time of no longer than 10 weeks.

The Authority provides a facility where driving test cancellations are made available to applicants who may need an urgent appointment. The applicant should contact the Authority directly and request that they be placed on the cancellation list. In order to be fair to all applicants, cancellation places will be assigned in order of the date of placement on the list. If an applicant requires a driving test urgently for employment or emigration purposes, the Authority will make every effort to accommodate them.