Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has criticised the Minister for Transport for failing to fulfil his commitment to reduce driving test waiting times. Deputy Cahill explained, “When changes were made to transport legislation back in December, the Minister committed to reducing diving test waiting times.
“He is clearly failing in his quest with people all across Tipperary waiting up to four months to take their driving test. The fact that 377 cars driven by unaccompanied learner drivers have been seized by Gardaí since the introduction of the legislation goes to show that there are many learner drivers who are willing to take the risk out of desperation.
“While I accept that the changes made to the legislation were necessary and that the Gardaí are doing their job apprehending unaccompanied drivers, I believe the Minister should have ensured the resources were in place to facilitate driving tests in a timely manner.
“It is unfair for young people in rural Ireland, who have absolutely no other alternatives available to them, to be left waiting for months to take their diving test. They need to get to college, they need to get to work and they have no public transport, no rural taxis and roads without footpaths or cycle lanes.
“In their response to my enquiries the RSA have acknowledged the problem and they have committed to resolving it. However, I believe the Minister should introduce a statutory minimum waiting time for driving tests and that he should provide the resources to ensure that it is met”, concluded Deputy Cahill.