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Seanad: Order of Business. (13 Jul 2004)

John Paul Phelan: ...Continual attempts are made to tackle road safety by high level promotional gimmicks, such as advertising on television and other media yet there seems to be very little emphasis on the standard of driving. I urge the Leader, as a former Minister for Public Enterprise, encompassing transport, to speak to her esteemed successor, with a view to overhauling the driving test, about which he...

Written Answers — Driving Tests: Driving Tests (26 Jan 2010)

Noel Dempsey: Under the Road Traffic (Driver Instructor Licensing) (No. 2) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 203 of 2009), made under section 18 of the Road Traffic Act 1968, fees in relation to the licensing of driving instructors were set and have not been changed. Current fees in relation to driving licences were set in the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 537 of 2006) and remain...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (24 Mar 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) are not employed either by my Department or the Road Safety Authority. Individual instructors and  schools function as entirely independent private operators and neither my Department nor the Authority can dictate their work conditions or how they choose to run their businesses. It is up to each instructor...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (21 Apr 2021)

Thomas Pringle: 411. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the licensed portal for NDI approved driver instructors will be opened again to allow instructors to upload lessons completed by persons awaiting a driving test and for persons who require medical assessment lessons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19906/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Centres (25 Jan 2017)

Tommy Broughan: 275. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of driving tests conducted at the Finglas and Raheny driving test centres, Dublin, for each of the years 2014 to 2016; the number of driving instructors based at each of those driving test centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3386/17]

Written Answers — Driving Tests: Driving Tests (15 Feb 2005) See 1 other result from this answer

Martin Cullen: Proposals being developed by my Department for the regulation and quality assurance of driving instruction will involve a test of the competence of individual instructors. A working group comprising representatives of my Department and instruction interests has formulated the design of the standards that a driving instructor must meet. I am considering what arrangements will be put in place...

Written Answers — Driving Tests: Driving Tests (4 May 2005) See 1 other result from this answer

Martin Cullen: Proposals being developed by my Department for the regulation and quality assurance of driving instruction will involve a test of the competence of individual instructors. A working group comprising representatives of my Department and of instruction interests has formulated the design of the standards that a driving instructor must meet. I am considering what arrangements will be put in...

Written Answers — Driving Tests: Driving Tests (2 Feb 2005) See 1 other result from this answer

Martin Cullen: Proposals being developed by my Department for the regulation and quality assurance of driving instruction will involve a test of the competence of individual instructors. A working group comprising representatives of my Department and of instruction interests has formulated the design of the standards that a driving instructor must meet. I am considering what arrangements will be put in...

Seanad: Road Traffic Bill 2006: Committee Stage (Resumed). (14 Jun 2006) See 1 other result from this debate

Paddy Burke: I move amendment No. 76: In page 13, lines 26 and 27, to delete paragraph (p). The purpose of this amendment is to delete paragraph (p), which alludes to the fees licensed instructors may charge for courses of instruction. It is very restrictive to legislate for the fee one can charge because there are different standards and levels of driving instruction. I hope all instructors will be...

Select Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Revised)
Vote 31 - Transport (Revised)
(30 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: ...a short-term solution which, obviously, we should endeavour to provide. In fairness to Deputy O'Rourke, he referred to some of the supports that are necessary, whether that is for taxi drivers, driving instructors or others. Sinn Féin dealt with the issue of driving instructors not too long ago. Some of these support-type projects do not necessarily relate to the Department but...

Seanad: Road Safety: Statements. (29 Apr 2004) See 1 other result from this debate

John Paul Phelan: Everyone who has contributed has expressed the view that the penalty points system has been largely successful. When the system was introduced there was a noticeable change in attitudes among drivers. Drivers slowed down and changed their patterns of driving. In the intervening months there has been a change because there is not the necessary level of enforcement. In his opening remarks, the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Driver Test (10 Dec 2020)

Hildegarde Naughton: The scheduling of driving tests is the responsibility of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and I have no power to intervene in individual cases. The  Deputy should be aware that the Road Safety Authority cannot schedule applicants for a driving test until the Authority has received the confirmation from the candidate's ADI Instructor that they have the completed 12 Essential...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (20 Jan 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: Any public road can be used to either conduct driving lessons, driving tests or practise driving, once the learner driver is operating within the rules of the road and is accompanied by a suitably qualified driver at all times. I have no power to issue instructions to the RSA regarding routes of driving tests. Driving instructors are private individuals and I have no power to issue...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (3 Jun 2020)

Brendan Smith: 952. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the discussions he has had with representatives of driving schools and driving instructors in relation to the necessary preparations and systems to be put in place to enable resumption of driving lessons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9247/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Data (17 Nov 2016) See 1 other result from this answer

Michael McGrath: 271. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of approved driving instructors for cars currently in the State; if his attention has been drawn to the number of those instructors who are franchisees of a company (details supplied); the percentage of the overall essential driver training lessons accounted for by these franchisees; and if he will make a statement on the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (10 Nov 2020)

Eamon Ryan: Regulations introduced on the 21st October by my colleague, the Minister for Health, define the provision of driving instruction as an essential service. Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons, but only in such circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. The Road Safety Authority requires that an individual must...

Driver Testing and Standards Authority Bill 2004: Second Stage (Resumed). (1 Jun 2005) See 1 other result from this debate

Séamus Healy: I am looking at the notice taken from the relevant website indicating the pass rates and waiting times at the various driver testing centres. There is a huge variation among the 48 centres. In my own county of Tipperary there is a pass rate of 51% and a waiting time of 53 weeks in Clonmel. There is a pass rate of 53% and a waiting time of 59 weeks in Nenagh. If I cross the border to the...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Defence Forces Training (12 Dec 2018) See 1 other result from this answer

Paul Kehoe: As military driving is a technical skill across a wide variety of vehicles, with complex and differing operational profiles, the training needs are dynamic and are therefore constantly monitored by the responsible branches of the Defence Forces. The Military Authorities have informed me that there are sufficient driving instructors and driving courses to meet current needs.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (10 Feb 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: During the current level 5 restrictions, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may only conduct lessons in circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. My Department is very aware of the difficulty this poses to learners who are unable to avail of instruction because they have not yet completed the 12 lessons required to book a test. As only limited...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (24 Mar 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: During the current level 5 restrictions, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may only conduct lessons in circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. My Department is very aware of the difficulty this poses to learners who are unable to avail of instruction because they have not yet completed the 12 lessons required to book a...

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