Tuesday 23 July 2019

Six-month wait for driving tests

PROVISIONAL drivers who are anxious to get their tests will have to wait an average of six months for the 20-minute grilling on their road skills.

And it is on the streets of Buncrana, Ennis and Birr that people are most likely to pass the test, according to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

The waiting times for the driving test have improved on last year, with the national average now standing at 24.2 weeks. Last year, many test centres had an average waiting time of 12 months.

The shortest waiting time across the country is eight weeks in Nenagh, followed by Cavan, Donegal and Portlaoise, which all take 11 weeks to process.

The longest wait is the Raheny centre in Dublin at 48 weeks, followed by Clifden and Cork, which take 47 weeks.

Buncrana has the highest pass rate at 64.7pc, followed by Ennis at 63.7pc.

Drivers have the worst luck in Carlow, where just 42.2pc pass their test.

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