Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Driver Licences

Darren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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1060. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the date or phase in which driver licensing centres will reopen; the arrangements he has made with insurance providers in the meantime; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6750/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The Road Safety Authority is currently working, in consultation with my Department, on plans for the resumption of a range of services, following the publication of the Government roadmap and the National Return to Work Safety Protocol agreed by employer and trade union representatives. This includes carrying out the appropriate risk assessments.

The safety of the public is of paramount importance at this time as in all aspects of the COVID 19 crisis and my Department continues to be guided by the National Public Health Emergency Team and the relevant national experts in relation to the resumption of services.

Dates for the resumption of the Authority's services, and any special arrangements which will need to be put into place to allow for the provision of these services, will be determined in consultation with the relevant health authorities.

The Authority continues to work on expanding the online facility to accommodate all driving licence and learner permit application types. When this facility becomes available, the Authority will update its website.

Insurance Ireland have indicated that their members will treat driving licences, learner permits and NCT certificates that have had the date of expiry extended by 4 months, as valid.

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