Dáil Éireann - Volume 460 - 31 January, 1996

Written Answers - Driving Tests.

77. Mr. Kenneally asked the Minister for the Environment the current waiting period for driving tests at each driving centre throughout the country. [2178/96]

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin): The information requested is set out in the following table. The waiting periods stated are the longest which apply at the individual centres. Many applicants, however, in particular those who indicate a need for an early test for reasons such as employment or travel abroad, are tested more quickly. Last month, for example, 52 per cent of those who applied for an early test were tested within five weeks and all such applicants were tested within eight weeks of applying.

Waiting periods are longer in winter because the hours available for testing reduce due to early darkness. Testing output will increase significantly, and waiting times should be reduced from end February onwards, with the onset of brighter evenings. In order to accelerate and consolidate the reduction in waiting times, I arranged for the recruitment and training of seven additional testers late last year. These additional testers are now operational and should make a significant contribution to reducing the arrears over the coming months.

Centre

Weeks Waiting

Athlone

13

Ballina

18

Birr

15

Buncrana

20

Carlow

8

Castlebar

11

Cavan

21

Churchtown/Rathgar

8

Carrick-on-Shannon

19

[1936]Clifden

15

Clonmel

10

Cork

15

Donegal

21

Dundalk

12

Dungarvan

8

Ennis

18

Finglas

8

Galway

13

Gorey

12

Kilkenny

13

Killarney

18

Kilrush

19

Letterkenny

15

Limerick

21

Longford

20

Loughrea

15

Mallow

17

Monaghan

17

Mullingar

7

Newcastle West

21

Naas

15

Navan

12

Nenagh

7

Portlaoise

14

Roscommon

15

Shannon

20

Skibbereen

17

Sligo

15

Thurles

13

Tipperary

8

Tralee

22

Tuam

11

Tullamore

8

Waterford

13

Wexford

13

Wicklow

12

National Average

14.4