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# Learner Drivers
New scheme for learner drivers comes into effect today
The Essential Driving Training scheme is being rolled out from today – meaning learner drivers will be required to complete 12 hours of lessons with an approved driving instructor before sitting their test.

STARTING TODAY, learner drivers will need to complete at least 12 hours of tuition with an approved driving instructor before sitting their driving test.

New rules under the Essential Driving Training (EDT) scheme dictate that a learner driver must complete 12 hours of lessons within six months ahead of being allowed to take a driving test. The Road Safety Authority has said the scheme will help to enhance the way in which drivers are trained, tested and licenced in Ireland.

A would-be driver would need to apply for a first learner’s permit – which is replacing the old provisional licence – before being able to take the required hours of instruction.

Driving lessons cost an average of €25 – €30 per hour, however some schools and instructors offer deals for students and off-peak periods, the Irish Times reports.

Some driving instructors have labeled the plans “unrealistic”, saying that many more than 12 hours would be needed to cover the syllabus put forth by the RSA. One instructor, based in Dublin, told the Irish Examiner: “In Europe, the average number of lessons a student is required to take is around 30 to 35 to achieve this standard. The RSA are trying to achieve the same result with 12 lessons. This makes a mockery of the entire process”.

For more information, visit the RSA website >

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