I propose to take Questions Nos. 78, 80 and 81 together.
The Driver Theory Test (DTT) has not been classified as an essential service by Government and consequently it has been suspended in light of Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. Driver Theory Tests for all candidates will remain suspended for the duration of level 5 restrictions.
It was decided, in a climate where only limited services are being provided in order to reduce the spread of Covid and where continuing services must be both safe and essential, that even if the theory test could be conducted safely it was not essential to the point of being needed during this period of restrictions.
The Road Safety Authority has advised my office that it is engaging with its service provider to maximise capacity to offer tests while adhering to occupational and public health requirements for when services are resumed. In this regard, they would, for example, be opening on additional days at some centres and extended hours also provided to allow additional capacity for appointments.
The RSA are also examining the expansion of remote theory tests to include cars and motorcycles, however scaling up operations to facilitate higher numbers will take time to achieve.