Councillor wants maximum waiting time to be set for driving tests

A Sligo councillor is calling for the transport minister to bring in a maximum waiting time for driving tests.

Fianna Fail Councillor Seamus Kilgannon says the length of time many young people in rural areas are waiting for tests is causing difficulties, not only for them them but also for their families.

It follows a recent amendment to the law, known as the Clancy Amendment, which increases the penalties for driving unaccompanied, including the possible seizure of a vehicle.

Independent Councillor Michael Clarke says this will have a huge effect on rural Ireland and he has proposed that Sligo County Council call on the Transport Minister, the government and Fianna Fail through the confidence and supply arrangement to reconsider the amendment.

Cllr Kilgannon says young people in rural Ireland have to drive.