1,424 on list for a driving test in Roscommon

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane has said that figures provided to her by the Road Safety Authority show 1,424 people awaiting invitation for a driving test in Roscommon Town with a 13-week wait for such invitations to issue.

As of the end of March, those on the list were advised they wouldn’t be invited for a test until the end of June.

Other nearby test centres such as Carrick-on-Shannon have an 18-week wait for invitation to book – and there are 1,191 waiting there – while in Athlone, there are 2,374 people waiting, with a 10-week wait for invitation.

Deputy Kerrane said: “It was somewhat understandable post-Covid that waiting times and numbers waiting for driving tests would be somewhat high, however it is unacceptable that this situation remains.

“I was recently contacted by a young person waiting months for his test and living in a rural area. He is totally dependent on getting a test and requires it as quickly as possible. The idea of waiting months is ridiculous.

“As far back of 2021, my party published a detailed plan on how to tackle waiting lists, including hiring new driver testers, something the RSA themselves had sought. The Government refused to listen and three years later the situation is no better.

“We need to see intervention from the minister to provide whatever resources are needed to tackle these waiting lists once and for all”.