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Senator Victor Boyhan calls on Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to urgently sanction more Driving Testers.

According to information sent to Senator Boyhan by the Road Safety Authority there are almost 83,000 people on waiting lists for driving tests with many waiting up to six months for a test.

The senator goes on to say that he feels that the issue lies in a shortage of Driver Testers and calls on Minister Ross to sanction immediate recruitment of more staff.

The latest figures also show that there are 98 testers (whole time equivalents) nationwide – and that ten have retired so far this year with two more to retire by year end. Meanwhile, only four new testers have been recruited since June.

The Dun Laoghaire based senator is also concerned with the major differences of pass rates in different parts of the country. There are major pass rates in some centres and failings in others.

In Donegal there was an 80% pass rate while in Churchtown more people failed than passed.

Senator Boyhan’s comments also come after Minister Ross recently stated that he planned a major crackdown on people repeatedly renewing learner permits and not taking the test for a full licence.