Mandatory driving lessons “will need tweaking” says instructor

By Fiona Heavey

By Fiona Heavey

By Fiona Heavey

A LOCAL driving instructor has said the new RSA lesson regulations for learner permit holders has been “mismanaged.”

As from Monday, April 4 this week, all new first time learner permit holders for cars will be required to undertake mandatory Essential Driver Training (EDT) with an approved driving instructor (ADI). The course is comprised of 12 individual one hour lessons and is part of the RSA’s strategy to improve road safety. The learner will be able to take the lessons at any point during the learning process and can practice with an accompanying driver during the time while taking lessons. Evidence of completing the lessons will be signed off in a learner’s logbook by the Approved Driving Instructor. Evidence of completing the lessons will be signed off in a learner’s logbook by the ADI. The logbook showing completion of the lessons may have to be presented before taking a driving test.

Declan Duignan of Duignan School of Motoring, Carrick-on-Shannon told the Leitrim Observer “There is some confusion about how the system is going to work.” He said that in early March driving instructors were told by the RSA that the EDT candidate must have reached the required standard for each lesson before they could be signed off, but the RSA is now telling the public that they just need to take the required lessons to get their logbook signed off.

For more info see this week’s Leitrim Observer.