Criticism of driving test delays in Tipperary

The Transport Minister has been questioned on delays for those wanting to sit their driving test in Tipperary.

Deputy Jackie Cahill says that delays are having a major impact on younger people taking up jobs that require them to commute or travel as part of their job.

The average waiting time for a driving test at centres across the country is 16 weeks according to the Road Safety Authority.

However Thurles based Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill says his office has been inundated with requests from young people locally that have been waiting months for their driving test.

He has sought answers from Transport Minister Shane Ross on what exactly the situation is in the Premier County.

Audio: Jackie 1

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There are four driver testing centres in the Premier County.

The Road Safety Authority claims the waiting times are 8.7 weeks in Nenagh – which is the lowest in the country – 10.3 in Thurles, 16.4 in Clonmel and 16½ weeks in Tipp Town.

However Deputy Cahill has questioned the accuracy of these figures and says more needs to be done to tackle the situation.

Audio: Jackie 2

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