Local concern that new learner driver rules do not go far enough

Driving instructors are raising concerns that the new minimum number of lessons required by learner drivers is too low.

From next week - the Road Safety Authority's Essential Driver Training scheme will come into effect.

It imposes a mandatory minimum of 12 hours of lessons before you sit your driving test.

However, motoring schools says it means the time allocated to cover the RSA's driver training programme is insufficient.

Noel Sweeney, from Swilly Driving School in Donegal, says 12 hours of lessons is not enough:

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