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Driving Test Update

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When will I get a driving test?

In line with the easing of restrictions, we are offering driving test invitations to those who are eligible to take their test and have been waiting the longest. Know more >

 

Need to add yourself to the driving test waiting list?

Please sign up or log into our new customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie to apply for a driving test and add yourself to the waiting list. This video will show you how

 

Essential Driver Training (EDT) update

Approved Driving Instructors (ADI’s) can now offer EDT to all customers so learner drivers no longer need to complete an essential worker declaration form. Know more >

 

 

Covid-19 safety measures

We have put in place Covid-19 safety measures for the driving test which must be followed or your appointment will not go ahead. Know more>

 

Commercial drivers

How to obtain a Driver CPC and the law relating to driving time

Professional driver

A professional driver is someone who earns part or all of their income from driving. They must hold the correct truck or bus licence as well as a Certificate of Professional Competence (driver CPC).  Find out more about professional drivers.

Theory test for professional drivers

To obtain a Driver CPC you must hold a category C learner permit and pass both the CPC theory test and practical driving test. Find out how to apply for the driver CPC and if you may be exempt.Driving time

Driving Time

Fatigue and speeding are common causes of accidents among drivers of lorries, coaches and company cars. Work-related road accidents are the leading cause of death at the workplace in industrialised countries.

Driver fatigue is a significant factor in approximately 20% of heavy commercial vehicle crashes. EU laws regulate the driving time of professional drivers in cross-border transport where part or all of the journey is in EU territory.

Break times:

  • After a driving period of no more than 4.5 hours, a driver must take a break of at least 45 minutes.
  • A full 45 minute break can be replaced by a 15 minute plus a 30 minute break, but must be distributed over the 4.5 hour period.
  • The maximum daily driving limit is 9 hours (this can be increased to 10 hours twice a week).
  • The maximum weekly driving limit is 56 hours.
  • The maximum driving time over any two weeks is 90 hours.

Working time:

There are also rules for working time for drivers.  Weekly working time must not exceed an average of 48 hours per week over a reference period. Drivers can work a maximum of 60 hours in a week, providing they don't exceed the average 48 hour limit.

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