Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 10 November, 2004
Written Answers. - Driving Tests.
Mr. Noonan Mr. Noonan
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 Mr. Cullen
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 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.
Dáil Éireann 592 Written Answers. Driving Tests.