Dáil Éireann - Volume 481 - 21 October, 1997

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

210. Mr. McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the waiting time for driver testing for passenger cars and commercial vehicles for each of the test centres in County Westmeath. [17138/97]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Molloy): The waiting period for driving tests in buses and trucks in Athlone and Mullingar is at present six to eight weeks. For other categories of tests, the waiting periods are up to 19 weeks and 25 weeks respectively for Athlone and Mullingar. However, applicants in need of an early test for urgent reasons, such as employment, are normally accommodated within six-ten weeks.

In an effort to help reduce waiting times, Saturday testing is currently being conducted. In addition, a package of productivity measures is being negotiated which will also provide for the engagement of a number of testers on short-term contract.

211. Mr. McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the success rate for persons taking driver tests in each test centre in Westmeath for each of the last four years; and if he will compare these figures with those from each other test centre in the country for the same period. [17140/97]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Molloy): The percentage pass rates for driving tests in each of the driving test centres for the four years 1993 to 1996 are set out in the following table:

Test Centre

1993

1994

1995

1996

Athlone

59.9

64.4

56.1

55.2

Mullingar

55.7

54.1

55.4

57.7

Ballina

57.7

59.9

61.3

62.6

Birr

55.5

58.8

55.5

55.3

Buncrana

60.5

60.7

58.4

65.0

Carlow

50.5

49.7

50.3

52.3

Carrick-on-Shannon

61.2

62.5

59.9

62.4

Castlebar

58.0

57.4

60.9

61.9

Cavan

55.1

55.2

54.5

59.4

Churchtown/Rathgar

50.4

52.0

54.5

51.0

Clifden

50.1

49.1

49.7

56.8

Clonmel

49.0

49.0

52.4

53.4

Cork

59.8

58.7

59.2

62.7

Donegal

54.0

53.8

52.5

[1445]55.4

Dundalk

51.5

48.5

48.5

54.0

Dungarvan

51.1

51.0

50.8

50.8

Ennis

56.8

59.0

57.9

59.2

Finglas

50.9

47.9

51.5

53.6

Galway

56.4

56.2

55.5

55.3

Gorey

46.8

50.7

51.7

51.2

Kilkenny

53.7

53.1

56.1

53.7

Killarney

57.7

60.1

54.2

58.4

Kilrush

53.0

54.0

54.9

60.5

Letterkenny

59.2

56.5

58.4

60.7

Limerick

54.5

58.2

57.4

62.5

Longford

58.0

56.8

55.4

56.7

Loughrea

60.0

62.3

55.7

55.4

Mallow

58.0

54.3

56.6

59.9

Monaghan

57.4

56.3

64.9

65.3

Naas

50.5

52.8

54.7

56.4

Navan

50.4

49.1

52.3

54.5

Nenagh

54.8

55.3

52.1

50.0

Newcastle West

55.9

50.6

55.9

58.7

Portlaoise

51.9

49.3

52.2

50.7

Roscommon

55.0

55.5

54.8

54.4

Shannon

60.6

63.1

64.3

63.6

Skibbereen

64.0

61.9

62.3

68.4

Sligo

61.3

59.1

60.5

63.2

Thurles

52.4

54.0

49.0

53.3

Tipperary

51.3

44.4

45.2

44.4

Tralee

54.8

53.7

51.1

56.2

Tuam

55.9

56.3

59.7

51.7

Tullamore

53.6

56.0

60.4

60.9

Waterford

52.5

50.8

52.5

54.9

Wexford

52.2

53.1

57.0

53.0

Wicklow

48.5

48.7

51.4

49.8