Urgent action is needed to tackle the backlog in driving tests, particularly for those in rural areas to need their licence to travel to work.
That's according to Belmullet-based Councillor Gerry Coyle.
Current restrictions limit driving tests to those working in essential services, and Councillor Coyle is concerned that this may lead to an increase in learner permit holders driving without a fully-qualified driver accompanying them.
The Fine Gael Councillor also wants to see students getting their driving licence as part of the Leaving Cert syllabus.
Councillor Coyle recently brought a motion before Mayo County Council in the matter, calling on the Department of Education and Transport to bring forward legislation that would see extra CAO points being awarded to students who complete a road safety course and obtain a full drivers licence.
He told Midwest News that being able to drive is essential for young people in rural areas....