DUBLIN, Ireland - Drivers in the Irish capital are currently experiencing the worst backlog with almost 12,000 drivers seeking a test date.
According to figures released by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) figures on August 5, driving test waiting times have risen to an average of 13 weeks.
RSA figure showed that the longest waiting times were recorded in Tralee, Co Kerry at almost five months.
Further, the largest numbers also showed that people waiting to be scheduled for a test is in Dublin at 11,691 people.
About 4,815 people are awaiting a date in Cork.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) figures also showed that Galway, Tipperary and Waterford are also experiencing high wait times.
Overall, across the country, there are a total of 44,433 people currently waiting on a driving test date.
Further, RSA said that it is aiming at having a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks.
However, there is considerable variation across the State with some waiting times significantly longer than 13 weeks.
Following Kerry, the longest waiting times by test centre are Athlone with 17 weeks, Donegal with 17 weeks, Roscommon with 16.8 weeks, Mallow with 16.7 weeks, Loughrea with 16.6 weeks, Tipperary with 16.6 weeks and Clonmel with 16.4 weeks.
It stated, “Our ability to meet this target depends on the number of applications received. Accordingly, the average waiting time in driving test centres may vary above or below this 10-week target.”
Eugene Murphy, Fianna Fail TD said people in Roscommon and Athlone are subjected to waiting times of over four months.
Murphy said, “Figures from the Road Safety Authority indicate that people in Athlone have one of the longest waiting times in the country as they are typically waiting 17 weeks or over four months to sit their driving test and 1,892 people in Co Westmeath have not been scheduled for a test yet.”
He added, “The waiting time for a driving test in Roscommon is 16.8 weeks and over 700 people have not been scheduled for a test while there are over 3,000 people in Co Galway who have not been scheduled for a driving test yet.”
He called on the Minister for Transport to “expedite” the appointment of additional driver testers and to increase the numbers.
Murphy further noted, “Many of these people may be waiting for a full licence for employment purposes or a job application may be hinging on them having a full licence while other drivers are paying exorbitant levels of car insurance for provisional licences and they are being left waiting long periods to sit their driving test.”