Mattie McGrath Condemns Limited Access To Driver Theory Tests In Clonmel

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Driving Test (Image: Laois Today)

Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Transport and the government to urgently answer questions on why the Clonmel Driver Theory Test Centre is set to open for just 12 days in the month of July, at a time when over 105,000 are awaiting a test date.

According to the RSA Director of Driver Testing Declan Naughton, the test is provided at over 30 centres and on a monthly basis is currently restricted to delivering 25,000 tests. To facilitate this restriction test centres will operate on a staggered basis and Clonmel will operate on June 24th and 26th July 1 st , 8th , 19th -22nd , 24th , 26th – 30th Anyone with scheduled tests falling outside of these dates will be re-scheduled.

Deputy McGrath said it is simply astounding that the Clonmel Theory Test Centre would only operate for 12 days over the entire month of July” . It is farcical that an arbitrary limit would be set to restrict tests rather than allowing all centres operate every day in a manner that allows for social distancing within the centres.

The Independent TD explained “the RSA appear happy to increase these levels and add more tests once they get the go ahead from Government so we need immediate answers from the Government on how they can justify operating at such a low level when so many are awaiting a test.