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Driver Test

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 16 June 2021

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Ceisteanna (66)

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

66. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Transport when driving tests will resume for non-essential workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32200/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Driving tests for essential workers will continue to be the priority for the driver testing service. In line with the gradual reopening of services, driving tests for all those who are eligible to take the test and have been waiting longest have recommenced in a limited fashion. The further opening of the driver testing service will be the subject of discussions between Department officials and the RSA in the coming weeks.

The health of both the public and the testers themselves must take priority, and as a result it is important to recognise that it will take time to get driver testing waiting times back to normal pre-Covid levels. The driving test creates particular difficulties, given the need for a tester and a test candidate to sit in close proximity in the same vehicle for a substantial period of time. Testers are also moving between vehicles provided by test candidates, which are not controllable work environments.

From the start, it has been clear that the first priority is public safety. We want to provide services, and we know people are looking for services, but we will provide them only to the limit possible while preserving public health.

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