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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Impact of Covid-19 on Driving Instructors: Unite the Union (18 Mar 2021)

Impact of Covid-19 on Driving Instructors: Unite the Union

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (11 Mar 2021)

Mattie McGrath: A number of driving instructors have begun a campaign to allow essential driving tests, EDTs, to continue during the extended level 5 restrictions. We know how long that will go on for. They are also trying to set up their own union. Currently only essential workers who have been allocated driving tests are allowed to do the pre-test lessons. Surely if it is safe for one cohort of...

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

Hildegarde Naughton: ...made by An Taoiseach on the 23rd of February confirmed that level 5 restrictions are set to continue until the 5th of April, at which point the situation will be reviewed. As before, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons under these restrictions, but only in such circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. While...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (10 Mar 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Hildegarde Naughton: The provision of driving instruction has been defined in legislation introduced by my colleague, the Minister for Health, as an essential service that may continue under level 5 restrictions, albeit in extremely limited circumstances. Both Essential Driver Training (EDT) for cars and Initial Basic Training (IBT) for motorcycles are currently suspended. Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs)...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (10 Mar 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Darren O'Rourke: 245. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when driver tests and lessons will resume; the additional protections that will be provided to driver testers and approved driving instructors to ensure their safety at work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12908/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety Authority (4 Mar 2021)

Darren O'Rourke: 22. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of approved driving instructors registered at the end of February 2021; the number that were registered at the end of February 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12258/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Mar 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Paul Kehoe: 100. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if guidance for driving instructors and a timeframe for return to driver lessons will be included in the new living with Covid framework; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10959/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (3 Mar 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: Announcements made by An Taoiseach on 23 February confirmed that level 5 restrictions are set to continue until 5 April, at which point the situation will be reviewed. As before, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons under these restrictions, but only in such circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. While I very...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (3 Mar 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: ...made by An Taoiseach on the 23rd of February confirmed that level 5 restrictions are set to continue until the 5th of April, at which point the situation will be reviewed. As before, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons under these restrictions, but only in such circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. While...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Pre-legislative Scrutiny of Road Traffic (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2019 (2 Mar 2021) See 3 other results from this debate

...: Yes, the Deputy is quite right. We do not know the numbers because when people apply for a test they do not tell us their occupation. The public health advice that we have received is that driving instructors should only be doing pretest lessons and not the mandatory EDT lessons. That is the public health advice that we have got and that is what we abide by in terms of the advice to...

Seanad: Covid-19 (Aviation): Statements (26 Feb 2021)

Barry Ward: ..., particularly with respect to the airline industry as a whole and the difficulties it faces. In the time I have left I will raise a matter that is also pertinent to the Minister of State's portfolio. Driver licences have been mentioned and I have been contacted by a young man in Goatstown who has not yet sat his driving test and clearly cannot do so. More important, he has not finished...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (24 Feb 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Seán Sherlock: 84. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will address matters raised by driving instructors (details supplied). [9409/21]

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

Hildegarde Naughton: Under provisions set out in S.I. No. 203/2009 - Road Traffic (Driving Instructor Licensing) (No. 2) Regulations 2009 the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is legally required to carry out a check test of an Approved Driving Instructor every two years at the very minimum. This test takes the form of an observation by an RSA examiner of a lesson given by the instructor to a learner driver...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (17 Feb 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: The provision of driving instruction has been defined in legislation introduced by my colleague, the Minister for Health, as an essential service that may continue under level 5 restrictions, albeit in extremely limited circumstances. Both Essential Driver Training (EDT) for cars and Initial Basic Training (IBT) for motorcycles are currently suspended. Approved Driving Instructors...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (17 Feb 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: The provision of driving instruction has been defined in legislation introduced by my colleague, the Minister for Health, as an essential service that may continue under level 5 restrictions, albeit in extremely limited circumstances. Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons , but only in such circumstances where the learner in question has already completed...

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

Hildegarde Naughton: During level 5 restrictions, 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. I understand that this causes difficulty in certain situations as candidates cannot book a test until they have completed all 12 lessons. As I am sure the Deputy will appreciate, it was decided,...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (10 Feb 2021)

Eamon Ryan: I am aware that there are a large number of people driving on our roads on their 4th, 5th, 6th or subsequent learner permit. While it is legal for a learner permit holder to drive on our roads as long as they are accompanied by a qualified person, I agree there is a need to reduce the number of people driving on recurring learner permits without clear reasons. In late 2019, the Road...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (10 Feb 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Paul McAuliffe: 154. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the requirements regarding PPE for driving instructors when providing driver lessons, in particular face masks and hand sanitisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6994/21]

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...

Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (27 Jan 2021)

Mattie McGrath: ...chair of the RSA board on the television complaining about the testing. The test centre in Clonmel in Tipperary is the Wild West. Young people are being penalised unfairly. Yesterday morning. four tests were cancelled because of the frost, despite the fact driving instructors were able to drive, the testers drove to work and the people drove with their parents, who took a day off work...

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