Four month wait for driving tests
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.”