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RSA in bid to clear 2,800 driving tests put on ice

John Fallon

Published 13/12/2010 | 05:00

A BIG push is under way to clear a backlog of almost 3,000 driving tests which were put on hold because of recent snow and frost.

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Atrocious weather forced 2,853 driving tests to be postponed, but officials are determined to reschedule them as soon as possible.

The north Leinster area (764) was hardest hit, closely followed by south Leinster with 699 deferrals.

But there is some good news for anxious learners as a spokesperson for the Road Safety Authority (RSA), which oversees the process, confirmed that they will be given priority for tests as it shuffles its calendar to fit in all applicants.

"Any tests which were cancelled as a result of the severe weather conditions will be prioritised and offered rescheduled tests. The RSA will be in touch with candidates to reschedule as soon as possible," said the spokesperson.

Before the big freeze, the average national waiting time for a driving test was 10 weeks. But according to the RSA, the country's 18 driving test centres will be able to cope with any scheduling problems.

"The RSA has sufficient resources and capacity to deal with the delay caused by the severe weather so there is no backlog envisaged on the system," they said.

The 2,853 tests postponed by the RSA does not account for the number of applicants who may have cancelled their own tests.

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