TD urges ‘fast tracking’ as thousands wait on driving tests in Cork

TD urges ‘fast tracking’ as thousands wait on driving tests in Cork

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Cork learner drivers have been waiting an average of 17 weeks since test centres ceased trading on March 14.

THERE are 5,926 people awaiting driving tests in Cork, according to the latest figures.

The long waiting lists were disclosed in response to a parliamentary question from Cork East TD Seán Sherlock.

Mr Sherlock is urging the Minister for Transport to consider “fast-tracking” those waiting since mid-March to allow them sit their test.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Cork learner drivers have been waiting an average of 17 weeks since test centres ceased trading on March 14.

These figures are as of June 23, 2020.

A total of 606 are currently awaiting driving tests in Ballincollig.

284 of these are described as being “on hold.”

This means the applicant failed to meet the conditions necessary to sit their driving test such as completing all their Essential Driver Training Lessons. There are now 3,609 awaiting driving tests in Wilton.

A total of 1,263 of these have their tests on hold.

1,153 are on the waiting list in Mallow (with 395 on hold) while Skibbereen has a backlog of 558, 208 of which have their tests on hold.

Mr Sherlock said: “The Minister has to intervene and take ownership of this issue now.

“The waiting periods calculated in mid-March are woefully out of date and do not take into account social distance measures and restrictions.

“Additional testers and additional pop-up centres should be considered to fast track those waiting since March for a test.”

“Some 9,457 waiting for driving tests in Ireland are between the ages of 20 and 24.

“A total of six drivers in Ireland awaiting a driving test are over the age of 90. As of last month, Tallaght had the highest number of people waiting with 5,267 on their list.”

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