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Around 73k people waiting to sit driving test

New figures from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) reveal that almost 73,000 people in Ireland are waiting to sit their driving test.

All driving tests were cancelled on March 13 due to Covid-19, but they have been up and running since July 20.

Since July however, driving test centres have been operating at just 40 per cent capacity, resulting in a backlog of driving tests.

The RSA figures from August show 72,738 people are waiting for their test, while 42,548 do not even have an appointment.

A total of 6,852 people have an appointment, while 23,338 have submitted an application but have yet to complete the right number of lessons, according to the figures.

The RSA has said it is prioritising those who had a test booked before the pandemic hit.