IMPORTANT NOTICE

Driving test update

 

Test appointments are by invitation only

Test appointments are by invitation only so if you’re already on the driving test waiting list, no further action is needed. We’ll contact you directly when slots become available.

 

If you have received an invitation to book a test, need to cancel a test, or wish to join the waiting list, please go ahead and sign in to MyRoadSafety now.

 

Urgent Tests for essential workers

Under the current restrictions, we can only offer urgent tests to essential workers. If you’re an essential worker who has already applied for a test but need it urgently please complete this online form.

 

If you are not an essential worker and have an upcoming appointment scheduled, please cancel your test. Otherwise, it won’t go ahead and the slot will be lost. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you will be kept on the waiting list. We will contact you directly once the level 5 restrictions have been lifted and appointment slots are available.

 

Covid-19 safety measures

We have introduced new safety measures to the driving test which candidates must follow. Know more

 

Weather disruptions

Check if your driving test is affected by adverse weather conditions. Tests will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.

Cyclists

Cyclists

Cyclists are entitled to road space as much as cars, vans, goods vehicles or any other vehicle on the road. Motorists must keep a safe distance when over taking cyclists.  

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has launched a new TV led campaign to call on motorists to keep a safe distance when overtaking cyclists on urban and rural roads. The campaign aims to educate motorists on recommended minimum passing distances.

The message is clear give a 1 metre clearance when over taking a cyclist in areas 50km/h and under and 1.5 metres in areas over 50km/h

The TV campaign is an adaptation of an advert from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) of the Victorian Government in Australia. The RSA secured a licence to reproduce it for public broadcast here in Ireland.

The commercial was identified by the RSA as a clear and engaging piece of communication that highlighted the correct road behaviour for motorists when overtaking cyclists in speed zones.

The new road safety campaign will be broadcast on TV from Monday 5 March and the campaign is supported by, radio, online and social media advertising. The 30 second TV ad provides visual cues to show a safe passing distance, with cyclists demonstrating the room required between their bike and a passing vehicle to stay safe.

Give the space to ride safe

 

Sharing the road with cyclists

This commercial aimed to educate drivers on sharing the roads safely with cyclists, and motorists’ responsibility to cyclists as vulnerable road users.

Although the commercial was primarily aimed at motorists, throughout the commercial the perspective changes between cyclists and motorists, swapping from one to the other as they encounter each other. This is to contrast the perceived safety of a car versus the vulnerability of a bike, and to make motorists aware of this vulnerability.

The general message is the need for drivers to properly observe the road at all times for the presence of cyclists, be they commuters, shoppers, family or racing groups. However, it focuses specifically on a number of key manoeuvres. These include:

  • Anticipating cyclists at junctions and checking the various driver blind spots.
  • Checking mirrors and blind spots when getting out of a parked vehicle to avoid the risk of ‘dooring’ a cyclist that might be passing by.
  • Allowing plenty of space when over-taking a cyclist, particularly when they are cycling in groups or two abreast.

Ultimately, we are asking motorists to be respectful of cyclists and mindful of how they use the road. We all share the road, and if we’re considerate of each other, we’ll see fewer needless collisions and deaths.

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