Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
135. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of persons currently on the waiting list for the standard driver theory test; the mechanisms being put in place to alleviate this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27871/21]
The driver theory testing service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority.
Information on waiting lists is held by the Authority and this part of the question is being referred to it for direct reply.
I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.
Officials both in this Department and in the Road Safety Authority are keeping the public health situation under constant review and are working extremely hard to ensure that Theory Tests can resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
Because the service was closed for long periods of time over the last year, a large backlog of customers has built up. To deal with the backlog, the RSA have plans to increase capacity when it is allowed to re-open. This additional capacity will see the number of tests increase from an average pre Covid19 output of approximately 15,000 tests per month up to 50,000 per month. This will help significantly to tackle the backlog.
The RSA is working to deliver an online driver theory test service. A pilot online driver theory test is underway for trucks and buses. This will be extended to car drivers initially with up to 3,200 online tests being conducted per month. Online services will be made more widely available towards the end of 2021.