National licence service criticised

A new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) managed by the Road Safety Authority, has opened in Clonmel which will receive applications for driving licences and learner permits.

A new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) managed by the Road Safety Authority, has opened in Clonmel which will receive applications for driving licences and learner permits.

The NDLS open in Powerstown House in Clonmel, is one of 34 centres nationwide which aims to deliver an improved service for drivers to submit their application forms for learner permits or driving licences. From October 25, such applications are no longer accepted at Local Authority Motor Tax Offices.

According to the RSA 95% of the population will be within 50km of one of these new centres. However Sean Martin, postmaster for Waterford, Kilkenny and Tipperary has criticised the move to open just 34 of these centres, while ignoring the 130 post offices provided for under the tender submission of An Post.

“By seriously limiting the number of driving licence centres instead of using Post Offices, the Government has once again indicated that there is a total disconnect between Government policy and Government action. The Government says it is strongly committed to sustaining the Post Office and yet its actions are at total variance with that policy,” said Mr Martin.

The NDLS will see centres open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, through lunchtimes, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.

A feature of the new service is the requirement to apply for your learner permit or driving licence in person. This part of a new security process that will help to combat fraud and keep illegal and unlicensed drivers off our roads.

In January of this year, Ireland switched from producing paper licences to plastic credit card sized licences and learner permits as part of an EU-wide change to make licences more secure.