Fail rate at test centre highlighted
Concern over the failure rate at Dundalk driving test centre emerged last week.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) issued data from the centre, in response to a request from Independent Senator Victor Boyhan.
The figures showed that during the week ending 18 August, there was an failure rate of more than 40%. In total, 143 tests were offered at Dundalk driving test centre.
Of the 143 tests, 67 passed(47%) and 61 failed.
Of the remaining 15 tests, 13 were no shows and two tests could not be completed due to 'issue with vehicle or documentation.'
The statistics were, however, for just one week, and didn't reflect any weekly average pass or fail rates at the centre
Senator Boyhan also highlighted concerns about waiting times for driving test appointments.
Almost 83,000 people are now on the waiting list for driving tests with learner drivers waiting up to six months for a test in some parts of the country.
He said the delays have reached 'crisis point' and called on the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross to intervene.
'Many young people and families are now preparing for the new third-level term and getting back to work routines. Young drivers need to be facilitated get their full licence to support their mobility.'
He added: 'With high rents many young people are now commuting long distances to college or work - and they need to be able to drive independently.'
Senator Boyhan said the issue lies in a shortage of Driving Testers and Minister Ross needs to sanction immediate recruitment of more staff.