REVEALED: Over 600 people failed to turn up for driving tests in Waterford last year
According to figures obtained from the RSA by the Waterford Live, 624 people were registered as 'no-shows' for their scheduled driving tests between Waterford and Dungarvan's test centres in 2017.
That number represents 11.88 of all scheduled tests at Dungarvan and 11.86% of scheduled test at Waterford. In total, 3,735 tests were booked at Waterford test centre, while a further 1,523 were booked in Dungarvan, a total of 5,258.
Interestingly, there was a 5% difference in the pass rate for driving tests between the test centres in Waterford and Dungarvan in 2017.
The pass rate in Waterford in 2017 was 57.02% while the pass rate in Dungarvan was 52.94%.
A total of 3,735 tests were booked in Waterford with 1,739 leaving the test centre with a pass certificate and 1,311 leaving with a fail. 192 tests were not conducted in Waterford for a variety of reason, while 50 tests were abandoned at one point or another.
In Dungarvan, a total of 1,523 tests were booked with 676 emerging with a pass and 601 being handed a fail. 50 tests were not conducted in Dungarvan with 15 being abandoned.
Of the 192 tests that did not go ahead in Waterford, 81 were as a result of the driver's car not being in roadworthy condition. 8 were a result of the candidate being late; 18 for no insurance on the vehicle; 12 for no L plates; 2 for no NCT; 12 for no tax. 27 tests did not go ahead because the candidate could not produce their valid learner permit.
Of the 50 tests that did not go ahead in Dungarvan, 32 were as a result of the driver's car not being in roadworthy condition. 3 were a result of the candidate being late; 2 for no insurance on the vehicle; 1 for no L plates; 1 for no NCT; 2 for no tax. 5 tests did not go ahead because the candidate could not produce their valid learner permit.
On top of the news that 624 people simply didn't turn up for their scheduled tests last year, the waiting lists continue to grow at both Dungarvan and Waterford.
As of mid-July this year, 794 were waiting having booked their driving tests in Dungarvan. Of these, just 118 of the people concerned had been issued with a test date.
Over at the Waterford test centre, 2,138 people were registered as having their tests booked. Just 425 of these had been given a test date by mid-July. That means a total of 2,932 were waiting for their booked test in the county as of July 17.
According to the RSA, the average waiting time for a driving test in Waterford is 13 weeks, while it is 10 weeks in Dungarvan. The shortest waiting time in the country is an average of seven weeks in Mullingar.
Many drivers report waiting longer than average for a test date, while testers must continue to contend factors out of their control like no-shows and scrapped tests as they try work through the backlog.
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