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65,000 people are waiting for the driving test! RSA request non-essential drivers to cancel their driving tests

The Road Safety Authority has demanded that non-essential drivers should cancel their driving tests as part of the process of obtaining licenses for essential workers.

About 65,000 people are currently waiting for the test, which will take 25 to 30 weeks to complete. Therefore, the RSA has suggested that those who are in the nonessential category should cancel their test.

Meanwhile, Labour TD, Seán Sherlock approached the Department of Transportation with a request to implement a 10-week plan to reduce the number of people coming to the test.

Essential employees are not barred from taking driving tests as part of Level 5 regulations. However, the RSA has no precise means of identifying essential employees. As a result, most people do not cancel the test.

At the same time, an RSA spokesperson said that non-essential employees must co-operate by canceling appointments through the RSA website.

He said the waiting time for the driving test would be adjusted to 10 weeks by the end of 2021, as part of which the testers would be re-appointed and tested on Saturdays as well.

At the same time, TD Sherlock said it was necessary to simplify the list of those waiting for a driving test.

Currently, 65,000 people are waiting for the driving test. However, it is not clear when they will be able to complete the test. The number of people waiting for the test is likely to rise to 85,000.

Therefore, he said, the government should give more clarity to those waiting for the test and take necessary steps to that end.

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