Two new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) offices will open in County Donegal next Tuesday, October 29th.
The offices, which will recieve applcations for driving licences and learner permits, will open in Donegal town and Letterkenny.
Managed by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) the Letterkenny office is at Unit 7, O’Boyce’s Coner, Port Road, beside the Station Roundabout, while the Donegal office will be at Eurohouse, Killybegs Road.
In a major change of role for local authority centres across the county, applications will no longer be accepted at Local Authority Motor Tax Offices from this Friday, October 25th.
The new service will see centres open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and remaining open through lunchtimes. For the first time, customers willl also be available to apply for their licence at the weekend as the new centres will open from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.
Meanwhile the Irish Postmasters’ Union has slammed the decision not to use their members’ premises
Thousands of Irish drivers are being seriously inconvenienced by a drastically misjudged decision to make driverlicence renewals and applications available at only 34 new sites countrywide, according to the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU).
The IPU say many drivers will have to travel long distances to renew their licences and apply for new ones using the new identity verification technology. There are just 34 centres where this can be done as opposed to the 130 centres provided for under the tender submission of An Post.
“The National Driving Licence Service says that 95% of the population will be within a 50km radius of a centre. However, in stark contrast the An Post plan would have 130 Post Office centres, ensuring 98% of the population were within a 20m radius of a centre. Thus increased customer access and convenience resulting in a reduction in customer travel and waiting time in providing driving licences and renewals.”