Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (180)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

Question:

180. Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport his plans to reinstate driver lessons under current restrictions for more than just essential workers or those with an appointment for a test; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7299/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

During the current level 5 restrictions, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may only conduct lessons in circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date.

My Department is very aware of the difficulty this poses to learners who are unable to avail of instruction because they have not yet completed the 12 lessons required to book a test. As only limited services are being provided at present in order to minimise the spread of Covid, it was decided that driving instruction may continue as an essential service, but in extremely limited circumstances.

While I very much regret the inconvenience and frustration that this might cause to both learners and instructors, I am sure the Deputy will agree that public safety must take priority here.