There are 743 people in County Cavan currently waiting on their driving test, compared to 412 in neighbouring Co Monaghan.
The figures, which are correct as of March 26, were supplied to Fianna Fáil Deputy Niamh Smyth by the CEO of the Road Safety Authority (RSA), Moyagh Murdock.
Deputy Smyth had raised the issue in the Dáil last month by way of Parliamentary Question. The Minister for Transport Shane Ross, responding, said it was an issue for the RSA and said he had referred her query regarding waiting times for the driving test in Cavan to them directly for response.
The Fianna Fáil deputy has been highlighting the need to reduce waiting times for the test in this constituency as it is having an effect on applicant's insurance premiums among other issues.
“I have been contacted by numerous young people applying for their test on the basis of obtaining employment only to be told the waiting times are in excess of two months... People are very frustrated at the long delays in receiving a date for their test. Some people who have contacted both my offices in County Cavan and Monaghan have employment lined up but cannot take up their job until they gain a driving licence. In some cases, they’ve told me they don’t think the employer can wait for them. This is simply not acceptable. I have called on the Minister to investigate this matter and to ensure that extra resources are provided to ease the waiting times and get people scheduled in a timely manner for their driving test."