Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
On the same issue, it is hugely important that learner drivers can get the opportunity to do their theory tests and get on with having lessons and enjoying the summer. Overall, almost 150,000 people have had their tests repeatedly rescheduled throughout the year. Facing into the summer holidays, there is a real opportunity for people to take the test or have driving lessons and get the on-road practice. There needs to be a reopening of in-centre testing. A date must be set for that as quickly as possible. The opening of the online portal in the past number of hours is a very positive move. However, the numbers on the pilot are fairly limited. Looking at the lengthy delays in respect of this matter, there needs to be a greater capacity to do online tests. I ask the Taoiseach to raise with the Minister for Transport the necessity of quickly ramping up the online option. The system is already booked solid. There are no slots available today. Capacity needs to be ramped up as quickly as possible in order to give drivers the opportunity to get on the road and get their lessons done.