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Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C


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# Tick tock
Over 28,600 people waiting on driving test date - but RSA says backlog is improving
The longest wait times in the country are in Churchtown, Mallow, Skibereen, Sligo, Tralee and Wicklow.
# Your Say
Poll: Do road safety ads have any impact on you?
The RSA has received dozens of complaints over an ad about the so-called ‘Clancy Amendment.
# clancy amendment
'A disgusting example': Road Safety Authority sent dozens of complaints over L-driver ad campaign
The ad warning learner motorists not to drive unaccompanied began airing in December.
# Emergency
Irish Coast Guard staff and volunteers no longer allowed to use blue lights and sirens
Volunteers are worried about the potential delays this will cause when they are travelling to incidents.
# Donegal
First funeral underway for four men killed in Donegal car crash
Shaun Harkin’s funeral is taking place at Christ the King church, Gortahork.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the government supply every household with a breathalyser?
Michael Healy-Rae has said the exact device that is used by the gardaí should be made widely available to everyone.
# Freedom of Information
Motorist caught cheating twice in same theory test - once with a bluetooth device
Six people were caught cheating in their theory test by RSA officials between 2017 and 2018.
# it's quizzness time
Quiz: Could you still pass your Driver Theory Test?
How well do you know the rules of the road? Take our quiz and find out.
# On The Road
Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2018
Data released to showed the pass rates for each centre where a car tests was carried out this year.
County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences
The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 108,104.
# driving home
Motorists told to avoid alcohol and take extra care ahead of 'Christmas exodus'
Top to toe in tailbacks.
# Road Safety
39 people were killed or injured in incidents involving quad bikes or scramblers in 4 year period
There were 39 people killed or injured in collisions involving a quad bike or scrambler on a public road.
# Driving
New regulations to make it easier for returning emigrants to get an Irish driving licence
People with non-exchangable full licences will now be able to take the driving test after six rather than 12 EDT lessons.
# Testing times
NCT contract worth €650 million up for grabs for ten years to 2030
Applus, the company which currently operates the test, made €6.5 million in profit last year, down 20% from 2016.
# Status orange
Storm Callum is due to hit Ireland tonight with high winds ... here's everything you need to know
A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for coastal counties and will come into effect from tonight.
# Road Safety
Traffic lights that take longer to change could reduce older pedestrian road deaths
An RSA lecture today heard pedestrian risk increases with age.
# bus that wouldn't slow down
More than half the buses tested on Irish roads have been deemed unsafe
More than a third of the buses tested had ‘major or dangerous defects’.
# belt up
New research shows 10% of children do not wear seatbelts while travelling on Irish roads
Gardaí have warned motorists to safeguard everyone who gets into a vehicle.
# works in theory
Six months a-waiting - the PSC will finally be removed as a requirement for a theory test on 31 August
How much it’s costing to do so is another matter however.
# Bikers
Some motorcyclists are riding 'with complete disregard for their personal safety' - RSA chief
A call for safety has been made ahead of the August Bank Holiday.
# grease
Motorists warned about dangers of soft tar mixing with rain when the weather inevitably changes
A greasy film, one which makes travel by car treacherous, may form on Irish roads as a consequence of melted tar mixing with rainwater
# Road Safety
Cork, Tipperary and Dublin worst counties for road deaths, with 3% increase in fatalities nationwide
Transport Minister Shane Ross says drink-driving culture is ‘flourishing’ in Ireland.
# Driving Test
Driving test waiting times drop - but some learners still waiting months
The average wait is nearly 12 weeks but some learners have waited much longer to hear about their test date.
# Road Deaths
Motorists urged to slow down and be more aware of tractors this summer
There have been a number of fatal road accidents in recent days.
# Flooding
Drivers urged to take caution after thunder warning is issued for 23 counties
Some spot flooding may occur.
# nct for tractors
'First of its kind' tractor-testing course launched
A new EU directive requires commercial tractors to undergo a special roadworthiness test.
# one by one
It's official - the PSC will be pulled as a mandatory requirement for your driver theory test
The news is not unexpected given the RSA has pulled back on requiring a Public Services Card in order to apply for a driving licence.
# On the way
Driverless cars: What will they mean for Ireland's future road safety, jobs and even our driving tests?
Even if you don’t drive them, driverless cars could be part of your driving test.
# driving in circles
Here's what the €2 million the RSA allocated to the PSC-driving licence project was actually spent on
The RSA spent €2 million on making the PSC mandatory for driving licence applications – before Transport Minister Shane Ross pulled the plug over concerns doing so was illegal.
# house of cards
At least €2 million ploughed into PSC / driving licence project - before Shane Ross pulled the plug because it wasn't legal
The Road Safety Authority had scrambled to get its house in order for the PSC introduction, only for the initiative to be dropped suddenly and at the last minute in March of this year.
# Road Safety
Danny Healy-Rae seeks legal advice after Shane Ross calls him a 'terrorist'
The Transport Minister made the comments while calling on rural TDs to back drink-driving legislation.
# under arm
Two influencers to return road safety campaign fees after wearing seatbelts incorrectly
The RSA used 10 influencers in a campaign last year – but won’t be using any this year.
# Santry
Security called after people refuse to leave Dublin driving licence centre without getting an appointment
People had queued for up to two hours to try to secure an appointment to apply for a driving licence before the centre closed.
# Advice
Motorists warned about hailstones as gardaí attend number of crashes
Drivers on motorways in particular have been advised to be vigilant.
# MIT checkpoints
Garda checkpoints for drink and drugs to be set up nationwide over Easter weekend
59 people have been killed or seriously injured in Easter crashes since 2012.
# voluntary not compulsory
It turns out you WON'T need a PSC to apply for your driving licence after all
At least not for in-person applications. Previously, the RSA had said the card would be a mandatory requirement for anyone looking to apply for a licence from 9 April.
# Tick tock
Almost 45,000 people waiting to get date for driving test
And the wait isn’t short – people are waiting up to seven months for a test in the most severe cases.
# Off the Road
Asylum seekers in Ireland can finally work, but it doesn't look like they're allowed drive to that work
There is a lack of clarity as to whether or not asylum seekers in Ireland are legally allowed to obtain a driving licence.
# Be warned
'Don't be lulled into a false sense of security, the roads are still treacherous'
Motorists are being urged to take to the road only in exceptional circumstances.
# The beast from the east
What happens if you have to cancel your NCT or driving test due to The Beast?
What if you have to be on the road?