Revealed – The Counties With The Longest Waiting Times For Driving Tests

Drivers have to wait almost a year to sit their driving test in some parts of the country, figures just released from the Road Safety Authority show.

The figures released at the end of August show there are significant waiting times in almost every driving centre in the country.

This is believed to be in the main part due to a shortage of testers.

The national average waiting time for a test now stands at 30.4 weeks

The longest waiting time is at Dún Laoghaire/Deansgrange test centre where drivers face a wait of 51 weeks. The first available date for a test there is August 19, 2024. 

Learner drivers looking to do their test in Tralee in Co Kerry or Mulhaddart in west Dublin have to 45 weeks for a test.

A test in Athlone, Co Westmeath or Castlebar, Co Mayo will involve a wait time of 20 and 21 weeks respectively.

The shortest wait time nationally is in Longford which has a waiting time of 18 weeks.

Those in Donegal will have to wait until April 29, 2024.

Learner drivers looking to book a test at Limerick – Castlemungret will get a test on February 19, 2024. At Limerick – Woodview, a test is first available on March 18, 2024. 

The first test available in Naas is on May 20, 2024. 

In Ennis, Co Clare, the first available test is on February 19, 2024. In Clonmel, you will get your test one day earlier, on March 18.

Drivers in Portlaoise will have to wait a month longer, with the first test available on April 18 there. 

In Dundalk, drivers face a shorter wait time, with a test available on January 22.

Information on the RSA’s website says estimates on how long you can expect to wait for an invitation to book your car driving test at present, are based on the assumption that you join the waiting list today and are eligible to sit the test.

(Source – Leitrim Observer – News – David Power – 12/09/2023)

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