Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan – Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the waiting times for the driving test in both counties are preventing some people from gaining employment.
Deputy Niamh Smyth says, “I have been contacted by numerous young people applying for their test on the basis of obtaining employment only to be told the waiting times are in excess of three months. This is simply not acceptable. At the moment in Cavan 701 people are waiting on their driving test to be scheduled. In Monaghan 410 people are waiting to have their driving test.”
Deputy Smyth continued, “The numbers have increased by 300 people between both counties since I tabled a similar question to the Minister early this year. The situation is getting worse and people are being forced to wait longer.”
I have been assured by the Road Safety Authority that they are currently trying to hire more driving testers to keep up with demand. However in the interim these waiting times are simply not acceptable for people applying in Cavan or Monaghan.. There appears to be no process where there is a panel or reserve of driving testers to hire if required. I feel this has exacerbated the problem of waiting times and it’s something the Government needs to examine. I have called on the Minister to investigate this matter and to ensure that extra resources are provided immediately to ease the waiting times and get people scheduled in a timely manner for their driving test,”
View the latest waiting figures here in my Parliamentary Question on this issue. RSA Reply 1