Kerry County Councillors back motion claiming restrictions on learner drivers are draconian

Kerry County Council will write to the Minister for Transport in relation to the driving test.

At a recent meeting of the South and West Kerry Municipal District, councillors backed a motion to write to Minster Shane Ross about, what they claim are, draconian restrictions on learner drivers.

Fianna Fáil councillor John Francis Flynn brought a motion to the meeting, calling for the council to write to Minister Shane Ross.

He says there are many good drivers around the county who, due to stress-related issues, cannot pass their driving tests.

Councillor Flynn says it’s unfair people who don’t cope well in pressure situations are being targeted.

He claims the council wrote to Minister Ross in November 2017 and received no reply; the Fianna Fáil councillor says he doesn’t have much faith in a minister who can’t reply to a letter.

In support of the motion, Councillor Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald says he knows constituents who never have accidents yet cannot pass the test; Councillor Michael O’Shea says the restrictions on learner drivers are draconian, while Councillor Dan McCarthy believes the driving test should become part of the Leaving Certificate.