Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Driver Test

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)
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881. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when driver lessons can resume; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11364/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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Thank you for your recent correspondence in relation to the resumption of work by driving schools.

As a private company, a driving school must ensure that they can comply with the necessary public health requirements before they can reopen their businesses. The National Return to Work Safely Protocol was developed by NPHET in consultation with national experts.

However, I expect a driving school to encounter the same difficulties as the RSA in terms of complying with the requirements of this Protocol.  To put this in perspective, on a very preliminary appraisal of the Protocol, car driving tests may have to be the last of the statutory functions, for which the RSA is responsible, to recommence in or after Phase 4 of the Government's roadmap.

I understand that any company which reopens is subject to inspection by Health and Safety Authority and an Garda Siochana, and may face serious sanctions, including closure, if found to be not in compliance with Covid-19 requirements.


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