Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (90)

Neale Richmond

Question:

90. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Transport the engagement he had with the Road Safety Authority RSA, to ensure that front-line and essential workers can access driving tests in a timely manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2548/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Under Covid19 Level 5 Government restrictions effective from 31 December 2020, candidates can attend their scheduled driving-test appointment provided they are an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets.

The Road Safety Authority has also asked that if someone is not involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets, that they please cancel their appointment. The slot will then be reassigned to an essential worker.

A customer who has an appointment for a driving test during Level 5 restrictions, and who is an essential worker should attend their driving test as normal.

Anyone looking for an urgent driving test appointment and falls into either of these categories can apply to book a driving test at www.myroadsafety.ie. If there is no available slot and they have made an application, they can ask to be prioritised by accessing https://www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Learner-Drivers/The-Driving-Test/Request-an-urgent-driving-test/ and providing the relevant details.

Anyone travelling to a driving test centre to sit a driving test, and is an essential worker, is exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions.