Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has criticised government efforts as the latest Road Safety Authority (RSA) figures show 52 driving test instructors hired in 2018, the target set by the government for the same period was 67.

Deputy Troy commented, “The government are failing in their responsibility to bring down driving test waiting times. At present there is an estimated 29 weeks waiting time to get a driving test. Despite the urgent need for additional testers the government have missed their own target at the end of 2018 with only 52 instructors hired.

“In the two years previous, 13 and 15 instructors were hired in 2016 and 2017. It is clear where this problem originates.

“This is another fine example of Minister Ross and his hands-off approach to his role. It is nigh-on-impossible to get around rural Ireland without access to a car. In forcing young people to wait for months on end to get a driver’s licence, this government is denying them access to jobs, educational opportunities, and social links.

“The solution is very simple. Minister Ross must up his game and ensure driving test instructors are hired so we see waiting times reduce,” concluded Deputy Troy.