Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 10 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

  210. Mr. Noonan asked the Minister for Transport if he intends recruiting driving testers; the number of testers he intends employing and the period of employment; the qualifications he will require of applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28310/04]

  Mr. Cullen: There are seven driver tester vacancies and one contract driver tester vacancy at present. My Department is in discussions with the Department of Finance with a view to filling all existing vacancies in this area definitively. We hope to fill seven of these posts on a permanent basis and this will in turn necessitate the employment of additional driver testers on contract.

The qualifications and skills required of applicants include a good general education; a satisfactory knowledge of the rules of the road, road pro[572] cedures and the law relating to road traffic in so far as it concerns the driver of a mechanically propelled vehicle; at least five years’ satisfactory driving experience within the last seven years; a general understanding of the working of mechanically propelled vehicles; report writing skills with particular reference to accuracy, clarity and conciseness; a clean driving licence, other than a provisional licence, valid in the State on the day of the test; and excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing and the capacity to remain calm and courteous in dealing with applicants.