Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Driver Test

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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176. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a driving test date can be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2500/23]

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) which has statutory responsibility for the operation of the test deals with all application and scheduling matters. I have no power to intervene in individual cases.

I believe the RSA operates a fair and transparent appointment scheduling process, consequently, I understand that those who are eligible and have been waiting the longest are offered a test first.

I am told that urgent tests are only available to applicants who are employed by the HSE, a private hospital or the emergency services where the candidate would need to drive as part of their job (not including commuting to their place of work).

Information on who can apply for an emergency test is available at: www.rsa.ie/services/learner-drivers/the-driving-test/faqs

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