30 Nov 2021

False dawn on driver theory tests says Lowry

42% failure rate at Dundalk driving test centre

False dawn on driver theory tests says Lowry

One Tipperary person has had the driving test cnacelled on seven occasions

‘There was much relief when in-person Driver Theory Testing recommenced on June 8th. It now appears that, for many, this was a false dawn’ said Deputy Michael Lowry during Dail Questions on Promised Legislation.

Addressing Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Lowry said that many young people across Tipperary have contacted his office in frustration and anger due to unacceptable delays. Applicants who applied in February will not be offered an appointment until October of this year.

He quoted one particular case of a young woman from Tipperary who needs to complete her Test and has been given no less than 7 different dates ranging between April 2020 and July 2021. ‘All seven appointments were cancelled. She has now been given an appointment for December 23rd – one year and eight months after her first appointment’ said Deputy Lowry.

Deputy Michael Lowry

‘This is not tolerable for young motorists who need to progress their lives by being allowed to drive. Young people have missed opportunities for apprenticeships, work experience, education and agricultural work. What plans does the Government have to tackle this? What plans are in place to urgently address these delays’ he questioned.

The Tanaiste replied that services are and will gradually return to normal. He said that 40 new Temporary Driving Testers have been hired for commencement at the end of June and sanction has been granted to hire a further 40.

‘I absolutely acknowledge that there is a backlog. It is very frustrating for people who need to get on the road, need the freedom that that brings, to get to work or to college and do all the things they want to do. We are working to get through the backlog over the next couple of months’ he said.

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