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Learner drivers can save €240 by shopping around

LEARNER drivers could save up to €240 on the cost of newly compulsory driving lessons by shopping around for the best deal.

But the costs of doing the new Essential Driver Training (EDT) Programme of 12 mandatory lessons can amount to over €500, a new survey has found.

The price of an hourly driving lesson varies from €25 to €45, with the most expensive in the Churchtown/Dundrum area of Dublin and the cheapest in Galway City, Tralee, Limerick and Waterford city, according to a survey by the National Consumer Agency (NCA). Learner drivers are required to undertake the EDT programme of 12 lessons if they got their first learner permit after April 4.

The discrepancy in price means drivers could spend between €300 and €540 depending on which driving school they choose.

The average price of 12 lessons would be €396, although this can be reduced in many driving schools by block-booking. The NCA also found that discounts averaging 10pc, but reaching as high as 25pc, are available for those who make block purchases of lessons which would bring the average costs of 12 lessons down to €365.

The NCA survey was based on prices quoted by 130 Road Safety Authority (RSA) approved driving instructors.

NCA chief executive Ann Fitzgerald said the mandatory lessons was a welcome development for road safety.

Irish Independent