Cavan-Monaghan Sinn Féin TD, Pauline Tully, has expressed her exasperation at serious irregularities that have been reported to her at the Cavan Driver Theory Test Centre.
Teachta Tully said:
“A number of constituents have been in contact with my office to complain about the Driver Theory Test Centre in Cavan and how they were treated when they attended for their test.
“They reported that they had presented at the test centre at their appointed test time for their driver theory test only to discover that it is closed, that there is nobody answering the phone number provided and that they did not receive any notification of the cancellation of their test.
“These people are traveling from not just across Co. Cavan but from much further afield.
“They are invariably young people, but not always.
“They often have booked a day off work to attend the test and because they are not licensed to drive, they are either coming on public transport or someone from their family or a friend also has to book a day off work to drive them to the centre.
“They have to return home not having had their test or even having spoken to anyone from that service.
“There are also complaints from some of the adjacent businesses who are suffering the annoyance of regular interruptions of their work by Driver Theory clients who cannot get an answer at the door to the Driver Theory office.
“I have submitted a parliamentary question to the Minister for Transport to seek an explanation for these incidences and have also written to the Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority to let him know this is not an acceptable way to treat people and that it needs to be dealt with and rectified without delay.”