There are just 13 driving testers operating across four test centres in Cork and Kerry despite a 10,000-person backlog waiting for tests.
Cork TD Aindrias Moynihan has called on the Transport Minister intervene to reduce the amount of time that people are waiting for a driving test.
New figures released to Deputy Moynihan show there are 13 testers headquartered between Cork, Mallow, Skibbereen and Killarney.
There are currently 10,711 people for a driving test across those test centres.
“The fact of the matter is that there are simply not enough testers in Cork or across the country to cope with demand. In Cork city, there are 6,554 people waiting for a test and there are only seven testers based at the driving test centre.
“This is completely unacceptable. The Cork waiting list would stretch westwards along the N22 past Macroom and on towards Carriaphooka Castle. In Killarney, the queue would go up the town, out the N22 past the Lissivigeen roundabout and out by the railway crossing while in Mallow it would run from the test centre half the way to Banteer.
“The Road Safety Authority says it has recruited 52 new testers and has another 14 undergoing training, bringing to 151 the number of testers available across the country. However, most other counties are experiencing the same delays that we are here in Cork, so 151 will still fall far short of what’s needed.
“It is unacceptable that people are expected to wait for weeks on end for a driving test – particularly if they live in a rural area and have little or no access to public transport.
“I support the call from Fianna Fáil’s Transport Spokesperson Robert Troy for a maximum waiting time for driving tests. Minister Ross must intervene and ensure that the waiting times are reduced dramatically”, concluded Deputy Moynihan.