RSA officially open new driving test complex in Dundalk
The official opening of the Road Safety Authority’s new multi-purpose complex in Dundalk took place this morning.
The new driving test centre at Dowdallshill on the Newry Road has been in operation since September but the RSA’s chief executive Moyagh Murdock was in town today for its office official opening.
She was joined by local politicians in cutting the red ribbon to mark the opening of the complex, which will also have facilities for other areas such as driver education, emergency service driving standards and the vehicle road haulage enforcement team.
The event also featured RSA vehicles conducting manoeuvres to demonstrate the capacity of the complex.
Speaking at the official opening, Moyagh Murdock, CEO, Road Safety Authority, said: “I am delighted and proud to be here today to launch this new, state-of-the-art facility which will cater for a number of functions across the RSA. Part of the remit of the RSA is to provide a public service to road users across Ireland and having such a range of services at a convenient accessible location here in Dundalk is a bonus for the local community and those living in surrounding areas.”
Ms Murdock continued: “New facilities like this have helped to lower the time a learner driver has to wait to sit their driving test. What we are seeing now is that customers are getting their test earlier than they expect so my advice to all those applying for their test is to make sure they have completed their essential driver training lessons and to go through the final checklist to see they have everything they need to sit the test”.
Prior to the opening of the new complex, driving tests had taken place from a number of different locations in Dundalk in recent years including The Fairways Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hotel and, most recently, Na Piarsaigh GAA club.