RSA Confirm “Essential Workers” Can Take Driving Lessons From Monday

Road Safety Authority

The Road Safety Authority has confirmed that ‘essential workers’ can take Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) from this Monday 10 May.

Initial Basic Training (IBT), the programme of mandatory training for learner motorcyclists can also resume from 10 May. Essential Driver Training can resume for any essential workers who want to start the EDT process as well as those who had already commenced their EDT before Level 5 restrictions were imposed.

It also extends to essential workers in the process of undertaking lessons in preparation for Car, HGV and Bus tests. Approved Driving Instructors can continue to deliver pre-test lessons to essential workers. Those learners in the non-essential category may not take EDT sessions / lessons as restrictions remain in place for this group.

The RSA has posted for form on it’s website to enable “essential workers” to complete to ‘self-declare’ their essential worker status.  The RSA will reopen its EDT Online Portal, at 12pm on Monday 10 May, to allow Approved Driving Instructors upload EDT sessions completed by essential workers. 

It is expected that the earliest invitations for test appointments will be issued to these customers will be later in May. This is likely to cover customers who applied for a test about a year ago.  Eligible Customers will be invited by the RSA to book a test based  length of time waiting, i.e. those waiting longest will be invited first.

The Road Safety Authority has asked for patience and says that updates, when available will be posted on the RSA website.