Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 15 February, 2005

Written Answers - Driving Tests.

  115. Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for Transport the number of driver testers currently employed by his Department; if this figure has increased since 2002; if he envisages additional testers will be employed in 2005; when he expects this to take effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4752/05]

  Mr. Cullen: The authorised number of driver testers, including a chief tester and supervisory testers is 130. This number has not increased since 2002. At present there are 103 permanent driver testers and 19 contract driver testers employed. There are also six former testers who have returned on short term contracts. My Department is in discussions with the Department of Finance with a view to increasing the number of testers in 2005.