Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Timmy Dooley, has called for immediate action to address the fact that motorists are waiting up to 8 weeks for driving licences to be processed.
Deputy Dooley raised the issue in the Dáil yesterday saying it was unacceptable that motorists have to wait so long for their driving licences.
“Thousands of people are facing delays of up to 9 weeks for their driving licences, it is totally unacceptable. Some motorists need driving licenses for their jobs; companies that use transport as part of their service need fully qualified and accredited drivers, without a licence these people cannot be employed. People going on holidays cannot rent cars and people living abroad who come home to renew their licenses are leaving the country without their updated licence. This is reaching crisis proportions and the seriousness of the situation must be recognised.
“This has happened because the administration of the service has been taken off local authorities and transferred to the National Driving Licence Service (NDLS) centres. We all accept that there may have been teething problems at the start but this has been ongoing for 5 months.
“What has made the situation worse is that motorists don’t know if or when they will receive their licences. We need to see some solutions being offered by Minister Leo Varadkar on this, motorists should at the very least be told when they should expect to receive their licences.”