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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Driving Test Backlog Gets a Welcome Reduction! But When?

Naturally any planned improvement in the long waiting times for a Driving Test is to be welcomed. But we have heard it so many times before and not seen any implementation of the various proposed ideas.

Several years ago with extra Tests being conducted at Weekends and later Tests taking place during the longer summer evenings there was a very much improved situation. It foundered after just a few short weeks.

Unfortunately there seemed to be a lack of communication between the various Departments in the lead up to the new Provisional License Laws which were duly enacted on the first of January 2003. During December of 2002, with the legislation just days away, the Driving Test Administration Centre in Ballina, Co.Mayo was swamped in a tsunami style avalanche of Test Applications which naturally wiped out any recent improvements.

There has been much activity behind the scenes in recent months and in today’s Irish Times Motors supplement, which is well worth reading each week, it appears that the front runner for the Short Term contract for Driving Tests may go to the company currently engaged in providing the N.C.T. service.

Lest we should all think that it will shortly be no longer a problem…think again because the existing Examiner force are not happy with the situation and to add insult to injury the waiting list is growing at approximately 1500 souls per month according to David Labanyi:Motors Correspondent.

We have written extensively over the last few months on the reasons for the ever lengthening waiting list for the Irish Driving Test. Check our archives for the answers which will still be accurate in another year or two since there are many issues to be tackled. We should be starting at the bottom of the bucket and plugging the hole first. It would be easy enough to align ourselves with the more progressive countries in Europe and introduce mandatory tuition, which has also been bandied around since the year DOT, with no sign of implementation.

Surely the training of our young Drivers is of greater importance, than the number of Driving Tests carried out, if we are to reduce the continuing rise of Road Fatalities. Remember also that passing a Driving Test is not a conferring of expert status on the successful Candidate. It is going to take the average Driver several years of constant driving before a satisfactory level of skill is reached.

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