30 Nov 2021

Revealed: Waiting times for driving tests in Kilkenny

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Revealed: Waiting times for  driving tests in Kilkenny

Figures: Road Safety Authority aims for national average waiting time of no longer than 10 weeks

Kilkenny motorists face an average waiting time of 15 weeks to sit their driving test, according to figures published on the Road Safety Authority’s website.

The RSA says it aims to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks but their ability to meet this target depends on the number of applications received.

The average waiting time in driving test centres may vary above or below this 10-week target.

The current average waiting time for a Category B (car/light van) driving test, based on the waiting times of applicants who had a test appointment during the last 4 weeks, shows that Kilkenny’s is currently 15 weeks.

It should be noted that the average waiting time is an average of current waiting times for applicants at each Test Centre.

Applicants will have waiting times both longer and shorter than the average.

The figures are accurate as of January 25 of this year.

The average waiting time in Kilkenny is 15 weeks but this compares with just eight weeks in Birr and just over nine weeks in Portlaoise.

Kilkenny does not have the longest waiting times across the country, that honour goes to Clonmel and Loughrea which have an average waiting time of just over 20 weeks.

A person may need to take a test urgently and the RSA says it can “usually facilitate this and it helps if you are available for a test appointment at short notice”.

They added: “We often have slots that have been cancelled that are available for a person who can take a test with notice from a few hours to a few days.

“If this is suitable for you, please note on your application that you are available for short notice cancellation.”

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