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Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 117. Mr. Finucane Information on Michael Finucane Zoom on Michael Finucane  asked the Minister for the Environment Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  the number of driving test inspectors assigned to a location (details supplied) in County Limerick: the age profile of persons who failed their driving tests; the most common driving fault of those taking the test in view of the high failure rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9239/96]

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin Driving tests in the south-west region, which includes the location in question, are conducted by a corps of 14 driver testers.

The breakdown by age group for the location concerned of persons who failed their test for the year ended 31 December 1995 was as follows:——

Age Group Failure Rate
  (%)
16-21 40.7
22-25 44.4
26 and over 46.5
Overall 44.1

Generally, the most common faults resulting in test failure are inadequate observation; incorrect position on roads; inadequate, or lack of, use of mirrors [146] and signals; inadequate reaction to hazards, inadequate progress; and incorrect use of vehicle controls.

 118. Mr. Finucane Information on Michael Finucane Zoom on Michael Finucane  asked the Minister for the Environment Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  the failure rate for driving tests for each driving test centre in the country in each of the months from January to March 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9240/96]

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin The information requested is given in the following table. In test centres where there is a low level of testing, failure rates over a relatively short time span may not be representative of the true overall position in relation to these centres. Supervisory testers continuously monitor the work of driver testers in order to ensure the application of common test standards throughout the country and to establish underlying causes of significant and persistent deviation of failure rates from the national average.

Test Centre January February March
  % % %
Athlone 30.5 50.8 42.1
Ballina 36.1 31.3 55.3
Birr 33.8 52.4 44.8
Buncrana 38.8 28.6 37.6
Carlow 40.1 53.0 47.1
Carrick-on-Shannon 33.3 43.5 46.7
Castlebar 39.1 39.9 33.3
Cavan 36.4 37.5 44.7
Churchtown/Rathgar 47.2 49.8 47.0
Clifden 50.0 47.4 36.1
Clonmel 42.5 46.7 45.3
Cork 37.5 34.8 38.3
Donegal 43.4 56.8 35.6
Dundalk 47.1 47.0 48.1
Dungarvan 39.1 48.0 49.5
Ennis 44.8 36.4 39.6
Finglas 46.8 49.0 47.8
Galway 41.0 41.2 44.2
Gorey 42.7 43.4 51.6
Kilkenny 36.3 45.9 40.8
Killarney 44.2 46.5 38.7
Kilrush 40.0 47.4
Letterkenny 36.1 42.1 43.1
Limerick 51.5 31.8 40.9
Longford 60.0 49.5 59.3
Loughrea 37.3 35.1 38.8
Mallow 32.3 38.9 36.1
Monaghan 28.8 29.5 45.3
[147]Mullingar 39.2 48.8 31.6
Naas 44.6 41.8 45.6
Navan 47.0 42.9 41.3
Nenagh 50.0 42.3 50.0
Newcastle West 38.2 43.1 41.1
Portlaoise 50.0 50.0 52.6
Roscommon 44.2 50.4 31.4
Shannon 33.3 44.1 31.6
Skibbereen 30.9 29.9 23.3
Sligo 45.7 37.1 37.0
Thurles 38.9 47.2 50.7
Tipperary 57.4 56.8 54.3
Tralee 42.3 47.7 43.1
Tuam 49.4 52.8
Tullamore 42.0 44.2 37.5
Waterford 44.3 48.5 47.3
Wexford 31.0 42.2 43.4
Wicklow 41.1 48.3 46.2


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