SINN FEIN TDs across Dublin have called for an urgent plan to facilitate the return of driving tests as waiting lists in the capital breach the 10,000 mark, with 55,000 nationwide.
There are more than 5,000 people now on the waiting list in South County Dublin with more than 1,800 waiting for a test date at the Mulhuddart centre in west Dublin.
Deputy Paul Donnelly said: “Figures show that there are 55,027 people waiting for a driving test across the 49 testing centres in the State, with 1871 waiting in Mulhuddart.
“These numbers have skyrocketed from the 20,000 reported.”
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He added: “There is now an urgent need for clear plans. Perspex dividing screens, PPE for instructors and testers, shorter driving routes all need to be examined”.
His colleague Mark Ward TD also called for tests to resume in a safe manner as soon as possible.
He said: “We need a plan on how we get over 55,000 people through their driving test.
“By now driving instructors, examiners and their unions should have been consulted along with the Road Safety Authority and Department of Transport.”
Driving tests will not resume until the two-metre social distancing rule is lifted, according to the Department of Transport.
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