Written Answers. - Driving Instructor Register.

Dan Neville

Ceist:

384 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the regulations which will be introduced to regulate driving instructors' registration and management of the quality and standards in this regard. [27910/01]

The proposals now being developed by my Department for the regulation and/or quality control of driving instruction involve a test of the competence of individual instructors, or exemption from this requirement where an instructor is accredited to an organisation of driving instructors recognised by my Department as meeting appropriate quality standards. The design of these standards is at present being formulated by a working group comprising representatives of my Department and of instruction interests. The legislative basis for implementing these proposals is contained in the Road Traffic Bill, 2001.