Four month wait for driv­ing tests

The Corkman - - NEWS -

Cork North West TD, Ain­drias Moyni­han has called for ad­di­tional re­sources to be made avail­able to the Road Safety Au­thor­ity (RSA) to help clear the wor­ry­ing back­log of peo­ple wait­ing to ac­cess driv­ing tests across the county. Deputy Moyni­han made the com­ments af­ter ob­tain­ing new in­for­ma­tion which shows that many peo­ple in the county are forced to wait be­tween 15 and 19 weeks to ac­cess a driv­ing test.

“In the city the av­er­age wait­ing time is 15.5 weeks, while those in the west of the county who use Sk­ib­bereen must way 17.5 weeks, those who travel to Kil­lar­ney have a de­lay of 19 weeks, and those who use the cen­tre at Mal­low must wait 15 weeks,” noted Moyni­han. “While th­ese are av­er­age times, there are cer­tain mo­torists who are wait­ing in ex­cess of 21 weeks! How, in 2017, has a sit­u­a­tion been al­lowed to hap­pen where peo­ple need to wait nearly six months for a driv­ing test?

“This sim­ply isn’t good enough and is hav­ing a detri­men­tal im­pact on younger peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar. They are un­able to take up jobs as they are hav­ing dif­fi­culty in get­ting their driv­ing li­censes in time to start work. Learn­ing to drive is a life­line, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas.”

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