Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna (211)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

211. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a driver test for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4724/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The driving test service is run by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and my Department has no input into the scheduling of appointments.

Learner drivers on their first learner permit must wait 6 months before sitting a driving test. There is no requirement to wait a further 6 months to sit the test again. The current average wait time for the Limerick test centre is 11 weeks. I would like to draw the Deputy's attention to the fact that it has been illegal for learner drivers to drive unaccompanied at any time since 2007.

The RSA provides a facility whereby driving test cancellations are made available to applicants who may need an urgent appointment. An applicant should contact the RSA directly and request that they be placed on the cancellation list. In order to be fair to all applicants, cancellation places will be assigned in order of the date of placement on the list. If an applicant requires a driving test urgently for employment or emigration purposes, the RSA will make every effort to accommodate them.