Three Driving Test conductors will take up places in Cork in the coming months, it has been revealed.
The Road Safety Authority confirmed that they plan to headquarter three extra testers in Cork in the coming months.
The RSA added it will keep this under review and if necessary assign additional driver testers from later recruitment campaigns which are now being considered.
It was revealed earlier this week that people seeking to complete their driving test in Skibbereen could be waiting up to six months, the longest in Ireland, it has been revealed.
There are currently more than 80,000 people awaiting tests across Ireland, prompting calls for the government to urgently sanction more Driving Testers.
The latest figures also show that there are 98 testers (whole time equivalents) nationwide and that ten have retired so far this year with two more to retire by year-end. Meanwhile, only four new testers have been recruited since June.
The longest waiting time for car driver testing was in Skibbereen at 26 weeks, which has just one tester.
Meanwhile, the waiting list in Cork City stands at an average of 17 weeks, according to the RSA website, and at more than 15 in Mallow.
The longest wait experienced in Cork City is 24 weeks where there are five testers, 20 in Mallow which has just one tester.
Independent Senator Victor Boyhan said the delays have reached crisis point and called on the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross to intervene.
“Many young people and families are now preparing for the new third-level term and getting back to work routines.
“Young drivers need to be facilitated get their full licence to support their mobility,” he added.
“With high rents, many young people are now commuting long distances to college or work – and they need to be able to drive independently.”