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Seanad: Commencement Matters: Driver Test Centres (26 Apr 2018)

Gerard Craughwell: ..., Deputy Ross, for coming to the House this morning to take this Commencement matter. Many Ministers send a Minister of State in their stead, so I thank the Minister for his attendance. Many driving tests for heavy good vehicles, HGVs, and buses scheduled to take place in the past two weeks at the Westside test centre in Galway have been cancelled. To put this in context, as the...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (25 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: ...of me to fail to record that. I refer finally to our young people. What, in the name of God, will come of them if they cannot get the start? People say they should take lessons and pass the driving test. How can they pass the test when they cannot get called for the test? I thank the testers and instructors in Kerry and compliment them on the service they provide. However, they...

Priority Questions: Driver Test Waiting Lists (24 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: ...who participates have been delivered. To date, 6,600 extra tests were delivered in the six months to the end of March 2018. There has been a reduction in the number of applicant no-shows at driving tests. The RSA contacts applicants it identifies, from previous behaviour, as being likely to not show. In other words, people who have not shown up before are telephoned by the RSA and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety Strategy (24 Apr 2018)

Shane Ross: ...the Road Safety Authority have lead responsibility, is that long term reliance on multiple learner permits should be reduced by introducing measures to ensure that learner permit holders sit a driving test before they can obtain a subsequent learner permit. I understand from the Road Safety Authority that an action plan has been developed to progress this initiative. However,...

Leaders' Questions (22 Mar 2018)

Brendan Howlin: ...term mortgages or financial commitments about which they are very anxious, and capable of working for many years to come, they should not be forced out the door. I dealt recently with one case in which a driving instructor simply wanted to continue to work. Although there is a huge backlog and we are still trying to recruit and train driving instructors, he was forced out the door. That...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Centres (20 Mar 2018)

Shane Ross: The Driver Testing Service has seen an increase of almost 20% in the levels of driving test applications over the last four years. I accept that current waiting times remain too high. The Road Safety Authority currently employs 103 driver testers. My Department has sanctioned an additional 28 Driver Testers since October 2016, and to date 23 are now conducting driving tests. The...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Data (7 Nov 2017)

Charles Flanagan: ...civilian staff of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. I am informed by the Commissioner that An Garda Síochána provides a 5 level suite of Competency Based Driving (CBD) courses, with each level specifically catering for the required knowledge base, skill set and operational requirements of members undergoing the...

Seanad: Driving Test Waiting Times: Statements (25 Oct 2017) See 1 other result from this debate

Victor Boyhan: .... There are a number of statistics that the Minister's statement to the House did not deal with. I spoke with the Road Safety Authority earlier today. Today there are 70,000 waiting for driving tests whether for private cars, commercial vehicles or for buses. There are 52 test centres in the country spread across 31 local authorities. The Minister has accepted that what has happened...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Driving Test Waiting Lists (18 Oct 2017)

Brendan Griffin: ...an increase of almost 20% in the levels of applications during the past four years. This, coupled with the retirement of driver testers, has meant that the waiting times for customers for driving tests have increased. Driving tests are delivered across 52 test centres nationally. The objective of the RSA is to have a national average waiting time of not more than ten weeks. However,...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Training (20 Sep 2017)

Charles Flanagan: ...of the members and civilian staff of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. I am informed by the Commissioner that there is a five level suite of competency based driving (CBD) courses, with each level specifically catering for the required knowledge base, skill set and operational requirements of members undergoing the relevant training. ...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test Data (16 May 2017)

John Brassil: 532. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of driving instructors currently working at the Tralee and Killarney test centres, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22747/17]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety Strategy: Discussion (Resumed) (22 Mar 2017)

Ms Yvonne Kinnarney: The training is voluntary. In some parts of the UK there is compulsory training whereby drivers are requested, on foot of continuous infringements, to retrain. We would envisage that training here would be compulsory so drivers would have an opt-in choice in the context of whether they want to do it. If drivers want points to remain on their licences, they can do so...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety Strategy: Discussion (Resumed) (1 Mar 2017)

...are being introduced with regard to learner drivers following the experience of the family in Cork, where Mr. Clancy lost his wife and daughter. We have been approached by a number of approved driving instructors who have raised their concerns with the Road Safety Authority on learner drivers arriving to do their driving test unaccompanied and perhaps failing their test and leaving the...

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 — 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...

Road Traffic Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (27 Sep 2016)

Shane Ross: ...factors, such as the quality and maintenance of our roads and the vehicles on them. Traffic planning and management which makes sense too have a role. Then there are the human factors, including driver training and experience, drivers' health, the danger of driver impairment from intoxicants, the risk of driver distraction and the enforcement of the law. There is also the sense of...

Topical Issue Debate: Motor Insurance Regulation (27 Sep 2016)

Mattie McGrath: ...x20ac;10.8 billion. Aviva Ireland reported an increase of 32% in its operating profit to €92 million last year. What do they want - the blood of the people? Young people do the theory test, pay an instructor to get the right standard of driving, pass their test and then they are made criminals before they go on the road because they are penalised to the tune of €4,000 to...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Traffic Legislation (26 Jan 2016)

Charlie McConalogue: 493. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a driving instructor (details supplied) in County Donegal can obtain an exemption from section 87 of the Road Traffic Act in order to complete level 3 of the emergency services driving standard training course; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2759/16]

Seanad: Road Traffic Bill 2016: Second Stage (19 Jan 2016)

Paschal Donohoe: ...at our disposal. Too many people are still losing their lives on our roads. Road safety depends on a wide range of factors. These include the quality of our roads and the quality of the vehicles driven on them; sensible traffic planning and management; keeping to the right speed; the health of the driver; factors which can cause driver impairment - above all, intoxicants and driver...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: White Paper on Defence: Reserve Defence Forces Representative Association (4 Nov 2015)

...members of the Permanent Defence Force is vital to the progression and development of the Reserve. Therefore, we contend that the involvement of such highly qualified Permanent Defence Force instructors with the Reserve, as instructors, should come with a financial incentive. With this in mind, a Reserve Defence Force specialist instruction allowance should be investigated with a view to...

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