Thursday, 4 March 2021

Ceisteanna (18)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

18. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport when driver tests will restart for non-essential workers; and the number currently on the waiting list in the Mullingar area. [12211/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Details on the number of persons awaiting a driver test at Mullingar Test Centre are held by the Road Safety Authority. I have therefore referred this part of the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.

Under Covid19 Level 5 Government restrictions, 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. Details on what is included in the list of essential workers and retail outlets can be found at www.gov.ie.

The Road Safety Authority has set up a dedicated webform so that essential workers can request a driving test. Anyone looking for an urgent driving test appointment and who falls into this category can apply to book a driving test using the online form.

Driving tests for non-essential workers will resume when Covid restrictions are lifted.

The Road Safety Authority has plans in place for when the service is allowed to resume for all learner permit holders to be tested at the earliest possible date, and a gradual return of driving test times to their pre-Covid levels.