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1 in 6 driving without test.

ONE in six motorists on Irish roads HAVEN'T passed their driving test, new figures revealed yesterday.

Almost 370,000 drivers are still on provisional licences and a backlog at testing centres means the situation will only get worse.

Some learner drivers are forced to wait 16 months for a test.

Junior Transport Minister Jim McDaid admitted the backlog is due to a lack of driver testers.

Fine Gael spokesman yesterday Denis Naughten demanded the Government tackle the crisis.

He said: "Garda and Army instructors should be seconded to the testing service to remove the backlog of people waiting to do their driving test."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2004
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