The temporary driver test centre at Drogheda Town FC
The saga of finding a permanent site for a new driving test centre in Drogheda has been ongoing for years yet a decision seems as far away as ever.
In February 2021, after many years of not having a test centre in Drogheda leaving drivers having to travel to Dundalk, Navan or elsewhere to do their test, the Department of Transport and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) announced that a new Driving Test Centre would open in Drogheda.
The CEO of the Road Safety Authority, Sam Waide, said at the time that the siting of the driving test centre in Drogheda Town Football Club would be "...a temporary move while the RSA looks for a longer-term solution.” The new temporary centre would also only be available for Category B (car/light van) tests.
Frustrated by the lack of progress, local TD Ged Nash has this week sought an update from the Road Safety Authority on the site identification process for a permanent driving test centre for the town.
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“It is a matter of public record that the contract for the temporary centre expires next year” he told Drogheda Life. “Drogheda needs a permanent centre. I met with RSA a number of months ago to stress the urgency of this.
“I have forwarded to them a number of potential site options for the kind of centre our town deserves and I am concerned that the standards and thresholds being set down by the RSA are unrealistic. This leaves me very concerned.
“Promise after promise was made to the people of Drogheda by elected representatives and the RSA on a new test centre. The Council was prepared to provide a site beside the recycling centre in Mell.
“After a protracted period, the authority decided not to proceed because of the proximity of a ramp on the road. This is frankly bizarre, considering the setting and location of some other test centres across the country.
“The RSA now needs to get a move on and they have a massive responsibility, as has the government, to the people of the Drogheda area to ensure that locals can continue to sit their driving tests in our town. There must be continuity of service and consistency.”