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Tuesday, 12th March 2019

Young drivers being penalised by long wait for test - Keogan

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Councillor Sharon Keogan.

2,494 learner drivers waiting for driver test in Meath, current waiting time: 9.2 weeks

Duleek Councillor Sharon Keogan says that drivers, especially young drivers, are being penalised by having to wait excessively long times for appointments to do their driver test.

The RSA has confirmed that there are currently over 55,000 applicants on the driver test list across 50 test centres.

Independent Councillor Sharon Keogan stated that in the Navan test centre, there are 2,494 applicants awaiting their test or their test appointments. The current waiting time in Navan is 9.2 weeks, the national average being 8.8 weeks. 

“Young drivers in particular are being penalised by these long wait times as their permits can often run out before they are allocated a test date”, says Cllr Keogan.

“Young people are eager to learn to drive for work or college. It also restricts those who live in rural areas where public transport links are limited. If you have a test scheduled, please show up for it or cancel appropriately, as there are a high number of people on the waiting list.”

A reminder to all those planning to apply for their test that they can apply to sit their test at any test centre across the country.

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