November 12, 2020
Driving instructors left standing in hammering rain at work – Darren O’Rourke TD

Darren O RourkeSinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Darren O’Rourke TD today called on Minister Hildegarde Naughton to address the scandalous situation where driving instructors are locked out of driving centres and left standing in the hammering rain between lessons.

Speaking in the Dáil this morning, the Meath East TD said: “I’ve been contacted by numerous driving instructors who have been refused entry to driving test centres.

“This means that if a learner driver is using the instructor’s car for the test, which is commonplace, the instructors are left standing outside the door of the testing centre for the hour.

“Yesterday, I was sent a video of two driving instructors in the west of Ireland, locked out of the test centre, while the rain was horizontal, and they were just left with a collapsible chair and an umbrella.

“They’re locked out with no access to toilet facilities, shelter, warmth or sanitisation facilities. It is a disgraceful way to treat workers.

“I raised this with the Minister at the Committee three weeks ago, and nothing has been done since.

“These instructors are working right through Level 5 to ensure other essential workers can prepare to take sit their driving test, so they can get to work.

“We need a bit of common sense here, particularly now in the winter months.

“Instructors should be allowed inside once they are abiding by the rules such as mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitising.

“I welcome the Minister’s commitment to speak to the Road Safety Authority on this. But instructors want action, not just good intentions from the minister.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

It was wonderful to be in Pomeroy to help launch the incredible state of the art facility for Plunkett’s GAC and the local community.

It is fantastic to see this high level ambition within local communities, with people coming together to make their vision a reality and achieve…

It's time to scrap the TV Licence. The endless scandals at RTÉ have damaged people's trust and confidence.

Those at the top are never held accountable while tens of thousands of ordinary people are dragged through the courts. The public wants decisive action. It is time to act.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said Ireland must use all its influence, at home and abroad, to demand an end to Israel’s genocidal war and to promote Palestinian national freedom.

Government’s failed bid to host EU’s new anti-money laundering agency requires scrutiny – Senator Lynn Boylan

"The obvious question for any agency or multinational looking at establishing a base in Dublin is where will their workers live." @LNBDublin

Load More