IMPORTANT NOTICE

Driving Test Update

Please note that our customer service agents cannot manage driving tests over the phone, so we kindly ask you not to call for this information. Driving tests should be managed directly through MyRoadSafety.ie

 

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>

 

Annual training

What Driver CPC training involves and how to find a training centre.  

As part of the Driver CPC qualification, both existing and new professional drivers of buses and trucks must undergo 35 hours of specialised training every five years (42 hours if maintaining dual qualification – i.e. truck and bus).  Training for these 5 years cycles is on a one day per year basis (minimum of 7 hours each day) – if maintaining a dual qualification 2 training modules are to be competed in one year.

 

A compulsory periodic retraining course must be of a duration of at least 35 hours every 5 years and be taken in 7 hour tranches per year for each of the 5 year period
 

Why train?

Driver education brings with it multiple benefits:

  • Better safety

Better driving skills lead to fewer casualties on our roads, giving greater protection to more vulnerable road users.

  • Lower running costs

Improved driving skills save on the costs of vehicle repair and loss of trade. Research has shown that by driving safely and carefully drivers can save an average of 40% in gearbox repairs and 60% in safety-related faults.

  • Greener driving

Studies suggest that good driving can deliver a 12% saving on fuel costs.
Professional benefits

This new training requirement fundamentally changes how professional drivers acquire and retain their qualifications. Driver CPC will change the perception that to become a bus or truck driver you just need to pass a test. Rather, it will be seen as a profession that requires ongoing training and skill development.

Course content

There are six training modules in total, each lasting seven hours, with additional reading material to cover specific areas.

Modules:

  • Control of the vehicle and eco-driving techniques
  • Minimising risks and managing emergencies in the transport industry
  • Health and safety for the professional driver
  • Role of the professional driver in the transport industry
  • The professional truck driver
  • The professional bus driver

Driver CPC training centres

RSA-approved trainers provide training in excess of 400 centres throughout Ireland. As well as giving drivers a wide choice of locations, it helps keep standards high and facilitates a competitive marketplace.

The RSA monitors training standards of all trainers to ensure a high standard. To be approved by the RSA, training centres must provide evidence of quality standards in relation to:

  • Premises
  • Trainer qualifications
  • Records management
  • Policies

For those interested in entering the Driver CPC training industry, download the guidelines for the Approval of Driver CPC Training Centres (PDF) or the application form(PDF).