driving tests

  • The Government's being accused of leaving young people in rural Ireland stranded without cars.

    Fianna Fail's Transport Spokesperson says Minister Ross is forcing young people to wait months on end to get a driver's licence - after failing to hire enough driving test instructors.

    Deputy Robert Troy says it's impossible to get around rural Ireland without access to a car and he claims young people are being denied access to jobs, education and a social life.

  • A  Mayo deputy is calling on the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, to take decisive action to tackle the massive driving test backlog.

    Sinn Fein Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh’s plea come as the Road Safety Authority (RSA) confirmed that there are now 1,548 learner drivers waiting for a test in County Mayo and over 92,000 people waiting across the country.

    She says “with public transport down to 25% capacity and sharing of lifts not feasible due to Covid, this is causing massive problems for people who need a licence to get to work.

    It’s a huge issue for people in rural Ireland, where public transport simply isn’t an option.

    The problem is particularly bad in Mayo with 596 learner drivers waiting for a test in the Ballina testing centre and 952 waiting in Castlebar.

    She told Midwest News today that there is a clear need for additional driving instructors and testers.


    Learner drivers are being urged to get off their permits and get a licence.

    There are 41,316 people on their fourth or subsequent learner permit for a car or B class licence - and of these, 8,663 are on their tenth or successive learner permit.

    A new campaign is being launched today by the Road Safety Authority and Gardaí, to encourage learner drivers to go ahead and book a driving test.






  • Some driving tests have been cancelled this morning due to dense fog.

    The Road Safety Authority says that morning fog has caused disruption around the country.

    Morning tests have been cancelled at centres in Castlebar, parts of Galway, Carlow, Waterford, Clonmel, Cork and Limerick.

    The RSA says alternative driving tests will be arranged free of charge.

    Meanwhile, The AA is warning of very heavy traffic across the country this afternoon.

    It's the Friday before Christmas and hundreds of thousands of people are heading home for the holidays.

  • There is now a three month waiting time for driving tests in counties Roscommon and Galway and there is not a single driver tester in county Leitrim at present. That’s according to Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy.

     The deputy says the situation is completely unacceptable and hits young people in rural areas from taking up employment in many cases.

    He says there is no public transport service in many of the areas effected.

    The average waiting time for a driving test in Roscommon is now 12 weeks, in Galway its 10 weeks, in Castlebar 11 weeks and in Carrick on Shannon its 15 weeks.

    Deputy Murphy told Midwest News today that at present nationally more than 45,000 people are waiting for a driving test.

  • People are waiting up to four months to sit their driving tests at centres across the West.

    Latest figures from the Road Safety Authority show drivers in Castlebar, Tuam and Sligo are waiting 12 weeks for a test date, with a wait of almost 15 weeks in Clifden.

    In addition, it’s been revealed that over 42,000 people are waiting to take their driving test nationally.

    The figures were provided after Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy tabled a parliamentary question to the Transport Minister Shane Ross on the issue.

     Deputy Murphy says the current wait of up to 4 months is unacceptable, and more driver testers need to be employed to clear the backlog.