Written answers

Tuesday, 25 October 2005

9:00 pm

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin (Kerry South, Labour)
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Question 403: To ask the Minister for Transport the number of persons awaiting driving tests at both the Tralee and Killarney test centres on 1 January 2002, 1 January 2003, 1 January 2004, 1 January 2005 and the most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30020/05]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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The information requested is set out in the following table.

Date Number awaiting test
Tralee Killarney
17 October 2005 1,614 1,941
January 2005 1,685 2,092
January 2004 2,007 1,925
January 2003 982 1,017
January 2002 921 812

Photo of David StantonDavid Stanton (Cork East, Fine Gael)
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Question 404: To ask the Minister for Transport the number of supervisors or driver testers; the location of each; the number of tests supervised by each of these drivers in each year since 2002; the failure rate in each of the driving test centres each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30028/05]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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There are currently 115 driver testers, ten supervisors, of whom one is engaged full-time as training co-ordinator, and one chief tester employed in my Department. Driver testers are not employed at all driving test centres but are assigned to headquarter centres within a region. Other test centres within the region are served from the headquarter centres. The following table shows where driver testers are headquartered and the centres they service.

The numbers of tests directly supervised by supervisory driver testers were 740 in 2002, 876 in 2003 and 819 in 2004. The second table shows the failure rate at each test centre since 2002.

Table 1
Driving Test Centres Number of Testers Supervisor
North Leinster Region
Finglas 17 1
Raheny 8 1
Dundalk——
Mullingar——
Navan 1—
South Leinster Region
Churchtown 7 1
Rathgar 9—
Tallaght 9—
Gorey——
Naas 2 1
Tullamore——
Wicklow——
West Region
Athlone 2—
Birr——
Castlebar 4—
Clifden——
Ennis 3 1
Galway 6—
Loughrea 2—
Roscommon——
Tuam——
North West Region
Ballina——
Buncrana——
Carrick-on-Shannon 2 1
Cavan 2—
Donegal——
Letterkenny 3—
Longford——
Monaghan 1—
Sligo 2—
South East Region
Carlow 1 1
Clonmel 2—
Dungarvan——
Kilkenny 2—
Nenagh——
Portlaoise 1—
Thurles——
Tipperary——
Waterford 4—
Wexford 4—
South West Region
Cork 13 1
Killarney 2—
Kilrush——
Limerick 4 1
Mallow——
Newcastle West——
Shannon——
Skibbereen——
Tralee 2—
Table 2
Pass or Fail Rate by Centre
Centre 2004 2003 2002
% Pass % Pass % Pass
Athlone 59.5 57.0 53.9
Ballina 62.4 61.2 58.1
Birr 64.7 65.1 62.3
Buncrana 63.5 65.6 63.2
Carlow 50.0 49.2 47.6
Carrick-on-Shannon 55.5 54.4 51.2
Castlebar 63.0 62.1 58.3
Cavan 48.3 50.2 47.3
Churchtown 47.5 48.3 50.0
Clifden 59.3 56.0 52.2
Clonmel 51.5 51.3 57.0
Cork 55.5 55.5 59.2
Donegal 56.7 57.1 61.3
Dundalk 53.0 51.6 49.1
Dungarvan 60.8 57.3 54.6
Ennis 62.7 65.5 59.6
Finglas 47.8 48.8 49.0
Galway 61.8 61.2 55.2
Gorey 48.6 52.6 51.6
Kilkenny 55.1 55.4 52.7
Killarney 59.2 60.0 62.2
Kilrush 61.4 62.3 59.6
Letterkenny 56.8 60.4 62.0
Limerick 61.9 60.7 61.7
Longford 52.7 55.9 56.2
Loughrea 61.4 58.5 51.3
Mallow 56.9 57.8 61.5
Monaghan 47.7 50.8 51.7
Mullingar 55.8 57.0 55.8
Naas 51.9 53.6 53.9
Navan 56.1 54.4 53.2
Nenagh 53.3 49.8 49.8
Newcastle West 60.4 60.5 64.4
Portlaoise 53.3 50.0 51.4
Raheny 52.4 49.7 50.4
Rathgar 41.3 48.1 50.7
Roscommon 62.0 60.0 55.8
Shannon 64.4 66.4 65.0
Skibbereen 61.6 59.5 60.0
Sligo 63.2 63.5 62.0
Tallaght 48.3 50.9 49.8
Thurles 53.6 56.3 52.6
Tipperary 48.9 47.9 50.8
Tralee 57.0 59.7 56.8
Tuam 64.4 64.2 55.5
Tullamore 49.4 54.2 56.6
Waterford 55.7 55.6 54.3
Wexford 53.7 51.5 51.9
Wicklow 44.7 47.3 49.0
Overall Total 54.0 54.5 54.3

Photo of Paul Connaughton  SnrPaul Connaughton Snr (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 405: To ask the Minister for Transport if an application for a driving test for a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be expedited; if he is aware this person applied on 1 August 2005 at the Roscommon centre; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the applicant needs a driving test for employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30029/05]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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A driving test will be arranged in due course for the person concerned. My Department did not receive any request for an early test, or documentary evidence to support such a request.

Photo of Paul Connaughton  SnrPaul Connaughton Snr (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 406: To ask the Minister for Transport if an application for a driving test for a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be expedited; if he is aware this person applied in May 2005 at the Roscommon centre; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the applicant needs a driving test for employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30030/05]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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A driving test will be arranged in due course for the person concerned. My Department did not receive any request for an early test, or documentary evidence to support such a request.

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 407: To ask the Minister for Transport when the new contracted driving testers will take up their positions in view of the large waiting lists for driving tests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30073/05]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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The competition in question is being managed by the Public Appointments Service, to which I refer the Deputy for more detail. My Department has been informed by the PAS that it hopes to schedule the first stage of the recruitment process, a written practical exam, in mid-December. The PAS has further indicated it hopes to offer successful candidates offers of appointment, on completion of all the stages of recruitment, in early April 2006.

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