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Information Day for Essential Driver Training Programme

Information Day for Essential Driver Training Programme

The Road Safety Authority has introduced a new 'Essential Driving Training' programme, which will affect those applying for their FIRST licence.

 New regulations require learner drivers to undergo 12 compulsory driving lessons BEFORE sitting the driving test.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has announced that the new Essential Driver Training (EDL) programme, which requires learner drivers to take compulsory driving lessons for category B vehicles (cars and light vans), was introduced on Monday 4th April 2011.

EDT is one of a range of measures announced by the RSA last September as part of a new Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system which will enhance the way drivers are trained, tested and licensed in Ireland.

Any person getting their first learner permit with a start date on or after 4th April 2011 must complete a minimum 12 hours of Essential Driver Training, with an RSA registered Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) before they can sit their driving test.

In order for people to become more aware of these new regulations, an Information Day will be held at the Keadeen Hotel Newbridge on Saturday April 9th between 12 and 3pm with Kildare County Council's road safety officer and Approved Driving Instructors on hand to provide more information.

Those attending can register on the day and be entered into a free draw to win 12 Free Driving Lessons.

 For more go to or phone 045 980 421.

Declan Keogh,

Road Safety Officer,

Kildare County Council,

Áras Chill Dara,

Naas, Co. Kildare

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