Thursday, 8 October 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
101. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider instructing the RSA to waive the requirement for the biannual test for driver instructors which involves spending an hour with a RSA tester in a vehicle in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29432/20]
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 and is considered an essential element in the regulation and continuous professional development of driving instructors.
Driving is a complex and multifaceted skill and instructors shoulder a considerable responsibility in teaching their students to behave safely and responsibly on the roads at all times. It is for this reason that it is imperative that the RSA have a means of ensuring that all instructors maintain the highest of teaching standards in the years after they have completed their initial qualification. It is important that we do not allow the current pandemic to unnecessarily undermine the very significant progress we have made in reducing the impact of road collisions on public health and health services.