Seven month wait for driving test in Portlaoise claims TD

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More than 1,000 people are waiting for driving tests in Portlaoise and the wait is more than seven months which is way outside the target set by the agency that runs tests.

Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming TD says he has obtained new information from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) which shows that learner drivers in Laois are being forced to wait up to 29 weeks before being able to take a driving test.

He said this is the longest waiting list for any test centre in Ireland. He claims there are currently 1,076 learner drivers waiting to take a driving test in Portlaoise.

Deputy Fleming has called on the Minister for Transport to make additional resources available to the RSA to help clear the backlog of people waiting to access a driving test at the Portlaoise test centre .

“The RSA has committed to maintain an average test waiting time of no more than 10 weeks across the country. However new information shows that this target is simply not being met in Laois as people are being forced to wait up to 29 weeks to access a driving test. This is clearly unacceptable and the Minister must take action.

“The Minister for Transport is attempting to introduce new measures which penalise parents for the actions of their children who drive unaccompanied without a full licence . I believe it would be more beneficial for the Minister to ensure that the unacceptably long waiting lists for driving tests are dealt with first," said the TD.

The RSA website says the average wait for a test in Portlaoise 16.3 weeks while the average wait for a car test is longer at 26 weeks.

"We aim to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks.  Our ability to meet this target depends on the number of applications received.  Accordingly, the average waiting time in driving test centres may vary above or below this 10-week target," said the RSA website .

It says the average waiting time is an average of current waiting times for applicants at each Test Centre.  Applicants will have waiting times both longer and shorter than the average.

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