Driver instructors group warns of a major backlog as learner drivers could be left waiting for over a year before they can take their driving test – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
September 21, 2018

Driver instructors group warns of a major backlog as learner drivers could be left waiting for over a year before they can take their driving test

Motorists wishing to undertake their driving test could be left waiting for over a year if the proper resources are not introduced, the union representing driving instructors have warned.

The claim which was made by FORSA comes as the RSA has already seen a driving test backlog of seven months.

According to the group motorists who are waiting to take their test could be forced to wait for more than 55 weeks due to new amendments being imposed on learner drivers in the road safety act.

Although FORSA say they support the new measures which includes a €2,000 fine, or six months imprisonment, for motorists who allow their vehicles to be used by unaccompanied learner drivers. 

They do say the imposed rules will have a knock on effect for instructors across the country, with many learner drivers being forced to wait for over a year before they take their test.

The group say although general overall road safety would be improved by the new rules, it will cause further problems as more and more drivers on a learner permit will apply to take their test.

Speaking about the problem a FORSA spokesperson said that the need for further instructors are greater than ever.

They also said they hoped that a high number of instructors would be given the appropriate training and then be fast tracked to driving test centre’s across the country.    

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