Average wait of more than 3 months for driving test in Kerry

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There’s an average waiting time of more than three months for a driving test in Kerry.

This is longer than the national target of ten weeks set by the Road Safety Authority.

In the test centre in Killarney, the average waiting time for the driver of a car or a light van is thirteen-and-a-half weeks while in Tralee, it’s 12 point 8 weeks.

While Killarney and Tralee have average waiting times that are longer than the national target of ten weeks set by the Road Safety Authority, these figures are a reflection of national trends.

Of the 48 driver test centres nationwide, only six have average waiting times of ten weeks or less.

According to the Road Safety Authority, the longest wait time for a driving test recorded in the Tralee centre is 27 weeks while in Killarney, it’s 26 weeks.

The Road Safety Authority says if a person needs to take a test urgently, it’s normally able to facilitate this.

A factor in the length of waiting times is the retirement of driving testers in centres across the country and the RSA is seeking to recruit staff with this expertise.