Deputy Mun­ster wants a test driv­ing cen­tre for Drogheda

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

DROGHEDA should have a test driv­ing cen­tre ac­cord­ing to Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath, Imelda Mun­ster.

At present there are 77,419 ap­pli­ca­tions across the state, between those who are await­ing a date for a test and those whose tests have been sched­uled - and it’s time to cut the num­bers.

“The Road Safety Au­thor­ity (RSA) have told me in a re­sponse to a Par­lia­men­tary Ques­tion on the mat­ter that the sit­u­a­tion has wors­ened in the past 18 months due to re­tire­ments from the ser­vice. Twenty three driver testers have been re­cruited since 2016, yet the wait­ing list is still un­ac­cept­ably long.

“The num­ber of peo­ple in Louth await­ing a driv­ing test is 2,514 and there is only one test cen­tre in the county.

“Given the long wait­ing times in the county it is high time that the RSA re­con­sid­ered lo­cat­ing a test cen­tre in Drogheda, a pro­posal that they have pre­vi­ously re­jected. The fig­ures re­leased this week show that a sec­ond test cen­tre is needed.

“I in­tend to con­tact the RSA seek­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion around the causes of the back­log, the need for a test cen­tre in the south of the county in the longer term and the ap­par­ent in­ef­fec­tive­ness of the last two years’ re­cruit­ment.”

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