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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Over 1,100 people waiting for BE test due to Covid-19

The number of people waiting for a BE test stands at 1,122, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed to That’s Farming.

A spokesperson for the authority provided the information to this publication yesterday evening (Monday, February 8th).

A category B+E licence allows a combination of drawing a vehicle in category B and a trailer where the MAM of the trailer is not greater than 3,500kgs.

Essential works can attend driving appointments

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has reminded all customers with a driving test appointment, that under Covid-19 Level 5 Government restrictions, they can only attend their driving appointment if they are an essential worker.

Customers can find details on what is included in the list of essential workers on

Mr. Sam Waide, Chief Executive, RSA said: “Adhering to the Government’s public health guidance during this challenging time is vital.”

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“Therefore, if you have a test appointment and are not an essential worker, please cancel your test appointment. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you can use it at a later date to book a test appointment.”

“As a non-essential worker, by cancelling your test appointment we can ensure that the service continues to operate as specified by Government and cater only for those who need it most during the current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. The slot can then be reassigned to someone involved in essential service and retail.”

Anyone who is an essential worker can apply to book a driving test at  If there is no available slot, you can opt to be placed on a waiting list by completing this application form.

If you have applied

For anyone who has already applied for a driving test and is on the waiting list, please wait for the RSA to contact you directly to make your booking.

Driving test appointments are limited only to those who have been invited to book a driving test.

If you do wish to check availability, the RSA is asking that customers do so during off-peak times to avoid site congestion.

Travelling to a centre

Anyone travelling to a driving test centre to sit a test, and who is an essential worker, is exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions.

It may be useful to bring proof of your appointment if stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána.

Customers are also being urged to check any communications they receive from the RSA ahead of their appointment.

While the driving test itself has not changed, there are elements of the service that are now different. This is so that we can ensure the safety of our driver testers and our customers. To find out more, check out the video here.

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