THE number of people awaiting driving tests in Clare has increased dramatically since Covid-19 arrived, according to Sinn Féin TD Violet-Anne Wynne, who has called on Transport Minister Shane Ross to publish plans for the return of driving tests in Clare.
“Figures from the Road Safety Authority show that there are almost 12,000 people waiting for a driving test across the 3 testing centres in Clare,” said Ms Wynne.
“These numbers have skyrocketed by over 66% from the numbers being reported.”
“There is now an urgent need for clear plans as to how driving lessons and driving tests can be re-introduced in a safe manner. Perspex dividing screens, PPE for instructors and testers, shorter driving routes all need to be examined.”
“Ennis has 719 people waiting on a driving test, the Shannon test centre has 303 and Kilrush 171 people waiting. Limerick has 1,850 people waiting for a driving test.”
Ms Wynne concluded, “Car driving tests are due to begin in phase 4 of the lifting of government restrictions.”
“By now driving instructors, examiners and their unions should have been consulted along with the Road Safety Authority and the Department of Transport. We now need a plan on how we get 1,200 Clare people through their driving test.”