Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (733)

Brendan Smith


733. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when it is planned to resume driver theory tests in counties Cavan and Monaghan; the measures in place to date to facilitate the resumption of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12540/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The RSA has been working, in consultation with my Department, on plans for the resumption of the range of services and functions for which it is responsible, following the publication of the Government roadmap and, more recently, the National Return to Work Safety Protocol as agreed by employer and trade union representatives.

Driver Theory Tests resumed on 8 June, on a gradual basis.

While this is an operational matter for the RSA, I understand that Cavan and Monaghan theory test centres are both open and operational and available for testing on selected dates in July. Driver Theory Test Centres generally are not open all the time but rather they open to meet demand against available resources. When a customer goes to book a slot online, they are presented with a range of available dates. The Driver Theory Test provider is closely monitoring the supply and demand situation at present.

All of the resumed services are now subject to appropriate public health protocols. Services must be booked in advance, and people should follow the required protocols for the sake of their own health and that of others. Further information is available at www.rsa.ie.

The safety of the public is of paramount importance at this time, whether from infection or from deaths and injuries on the road, and in this as in all aspects of the Covid-19 crisis, my Department will be guided by NPHET and national experts.