Written answers

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Driver Test

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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51. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when it is planned to allow driver instructors to recommence in-car driving instruction, in view of the large number of persons who need to learn to drive, particularly front-line workers in rural areas without good public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17855/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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Last October the decision was taken at Government level, on the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and other public health experts, that no driving lessons can proceed under level 5 restrictions other than for essential workers who have already been scheduled a confirmed date for a driving test.

While officials both in my Department and in the Road Safety Authority are working extremely hard to ensure that driving instruction will return to normal capacity as soon is it is safe to do so, any decision here will ultimately be that of Government.

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