Sinn Féin TD for Roscommon/Galway Claire Kerrane has again called on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to publish plans for the return of driving tests. 

Deputy Kerrane TOLD Midwest News today that she received figures from the Road Safety Authority with the breakdown by County of the numbers waiting for a driving test across the State, following my request to Minister Ross. 

The figures show that there are 55,027 people waiting for a driving test across the 49 testing centres in the State.

In Roscommon town there are 590 people on the waiting list, in Ballina 464, in Castlebar 782, in Galway city 1552, Clifden 178, Tuam 472 and Sligo 651.

The deputy says these numbers have skyrocketed from the 20,000 reported. 

She says there is now “an urgent need for clear plans as to how driving lessons and driving tests can be re-introduced in a safe manner. Perspex dividing screens, PPE for instructors and testers, shorter driving routes all need to be examined. We also need to look at how other countries are managing this issue post-Covid.. We now need a plan on how we get over 55,000 people through their driving test.”