Shane Ross tells Dáil driving & NCT tests are unlikely to return anytime soon

Acting Minister for Transport Shane Ross has told the Dáil that driving and NCT tests are not likely to return any time soon.

Ross told the Dáil: “On the issue of driving tests and when it is going to happen… I think that is reasonable to speculate that will probably be fairly late in the day.

I think the reality is driving tests are very difficult to introduce under social distancing because the space between the tester and the driver is so close. We will be guided about both of those tests by the National Public Health Emergency Team, but don’t hold out too much hope about driving tests coming back early.”

The tests were suspended back in April to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry said there is a backlog of approximately 20,000 was building up for driving tests.

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