Minister Should Enact Emergency Legislation to Ease Driving Test Crisis – Danny Healy Rae TD

Danny Healy Rae, TD suggests emergency legislation to ease the current driving test pile-up.  Photograph: John Reidy

Danny Healy Rae, TD spoke in Dáil Éireann recently regarding the lengthy driving test delays faced by young people in Kerry.

“Many young people are waiting up to a year now and it is not acceptable,” said Deputy Healy Rae at a meeting attended by Brendan Walsh, Chief Operations Officer of the Road Safety Authority.  

“I am making the strongest case possible, even to the Minister, to take some urgent action to deal with the emergency that exists at the present time.

Chance to go on The Road

“When you are young, you need to get a chance to go on the road. They have done the 12 lessons and to be waiting for so long is not fair. I call on the Minister to do something drastic or to take emergency action to help these people who have done the 12 lessons,” Deputy Healy Rae continued.

“God almighty, that’s like the story, live horse until you get grass. It is not good enough. If Mr. Walsh cannot not do something urgently about it, about people waiting for three and six months, and is telling me that it will be the middle of next year, then he had better get out of it all together.

Emergency Legislation

On behalf of the people who have done their 12 lessons and who have already been waiting for nine months, or for 12 months in many instances, I am calling on the Minister to enact some emergency legislation to give them a licence until the National Driver Licence Service can give them a test.

“What is there now is not acceptable,” said Deputy Danny.

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