Dáil Éireann - Volume 591 - 02 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

  155. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Transport the number of provisional licence holders awaiting the driving test; the number of these who are to sit the driving test for the first time; the average waiting times in respective centres; the numbers waiting in each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26760/04]

  186. Ms Lynch asked the Minister for Transport the average waiting time for driver tests at each centre in the State; the steps that are being taken to reduce the long waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26965/04]

  Mr. Cullen:I propose to take Question Nos. 155 and 186 together.

The average waiting times and numbers waiting for a driving test as at 28 October 2004 are set out in the following table. Details of those applicants who are taking their driving test for the first time are not recorded at application stage. My Department is in communication with the Department of Finance regarding measures to reduce the backlog of driving test applicants including the recruitment of additional driver testers.

Test Centre

Average Weeks Waiting

Number of Applicants Waiting

North Leinster

Finglas

25

8,967

Dundalk

22

3,164

Mullingar

26

1,518

Navan

39

4,558

Raheny

37

7,796

South Leinster

Churchtown/Rathgar

38

11,618

Gorey

33

1,935

Naas

33

6,269

Tullamore

30

1,699

Wicklow

34

2,172

Tallaght

36

8,332

West

Athlone

22

1,221

Birr

28

1,216

Castlebar

34

2,120

Clifden

24

355

Ennis

16

1,054

Galway

25

2,760

Loughrea

19

916

Roscommon

26

939

Tuam

27

1,104

[840] North West

Ballina

29

1,003

Buncrana

30

678

Carrick-on-Shannon

30

1,167

Cavan

31

1,722

Donegal

30

1,058

Letterkenny

31

1,954

Longford

33

907

Monaghan

32

1,444

Sligo

26

1,384

South East

Carlow

41

2,493

Clonmel

36

1,892

Dungarvan

32

1,510

Kilkenny

36

2,210

Nenagh

39

743

Portlaoise

37

1,505

Thurles

44

1,197

Tipperary

42

996

Waterford

38

2,890

Wexford

29

2,284

South West

Cork

21

6,252

Killarney

36

2,134

Kilrush

26

453

Limerick

33

3,729

Mallow

25

1,937

Newcastle West

26

1,617

Shannon

36

918

Skibbereen

28

1,847

Tralee

28

1,904

Total

119,541

Note: The average waiting time is derived having regard to waiting times experienced by individual applicants who have undergone a driving test over the previous four week period in the test centre.