Headset technology could solve test dilemma

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae: Young people are being criminalised

THE cancellation of driving test examinations during the Covid-19 pandemic has left the holders of learner permits in a very difficult position, a Kerry councillor has said.

At the end of 2018 there were over 240,000 holders of learner permits in Ireland, with over half aged between 17 and 30 years.

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae said many of them are working on the frontline in hospitals and retail stores and the fact that driving tests are not being conducted has forced them to break the law by driving to work without an accompanying driver.

“If you are doing motor bike lessons or a motor bike test, the tester is following behind on another bike giving instructions through a headset. Something similar could be done with the car testing during the period of this pandemic to ensure physical distancing,” he said.

Cllr Healy-Rae has called on the Minister for Transport and the Road Safety Authority to look at such an alternative as the current inaction around testing cannot continue as young people are being criminalised for going to work on the frontlines.

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