Disruption to Driving Tests

 

 

Friday 17 April

Statement – RSA Suspends Driving Test Service until further notice

Following the Government decision to introduce measures to delay the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) the Road Safety Authority (RSA) sought and has received advice from the public health authorities who are managing this public health crisis. Based on that advice we are suspending all driving tests until further notice.

The suspension of driving tests will run until further notice and this will be kept under review.

We understand that this will cause inconvenience to our customers, but it is the correct measure to take given the public health advice concerning social distancing and given the personal nature of the driver testing service. RSA driver testers are in close proximity to members of the public, in a confined space, for up to 40 minutes on each driving test.

Those who have a driving test scheduled during this period will have the test rescheduled free of charge and we will be directly in contact with candidates in the coming days. Updates around the re-starting of driving tests will be published on rsa.ie and RSA social media.

For those who wish to make a normal application for a driving test please be advised we are continuing to receive and process applications as usual. However, appointments will not be scheduled in such cases until the driver testing service resumes.

Where there are exceptional circumstances e.g. Ambulance Service, Fire Service, Civil Defence, medical professionals and critical supply chain HGV drivers needing a driving test we can confirm that we have commenced testing for these categories.

Following risk assessments, we are unfortunately unable to undertake Category B (car/light van)  driving tests on an emergency basis and comply with public health guidance on measures to avoid the spread of Covid-19. This is because the driver tester would be required to be within a two metre distance continuously for a period in excess of 20 minutes.

To access Frequently Asked Questions about the suspension of driving tests please click here.