'This is completely unacceptable...'
Fianna Fáil Senator for Carlow, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor has said the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, is failing in his commitment to reduce driving test waiting times and that rural Ireland in particular is feeling the brunt of his inaction.
Senator Murnane O’Connor said: "Minister Ross has said the average waiting time for driving tests is now 12 weeks, he says this in a boastful way but 12 weeks is still too long for those who depend on driving to go about their daily lives.
"It is also far from the truth in Carlow where there are 523 people waiting for a driving test appointment with a wait time of 17 weeks. This is completely unacceptable.
"It is unfair for young people in rural Ireland, who have absolutely no other alternatives available to them, to be left waiting for months to take their diving test.
"They need to get to college, they need to get to work and they have no public transport, no rural taxis and roads without footpaths or cycle lanes."
"I believe the Minister should introduce a statutory minimum waiting time for driving tests and that he should provide the resources to ensure that it is met," she added.