Important update on Level 5 Restrictions from RSA re Driver Tests, Instruction,


Due to the revised Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions which came into effect from Midnight 30th December until 31st January 2021, the following has been classified as an essential service under Public administration, emergency services and defence:

  • Driver Testing Services provided by the Road Safety Authority for the purposes of section 33 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (No. 24 of 1961) for people involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets
  • Driving instruction provided by instructors on the Register of Approved Diving instructors, established under Part 3 of the Road Traffic (Driving Instructor Licensing) (No.2) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 203 of 2009), where the person receiving instruction has a booking reserved to undergo a test for the purposes of section 33 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (No. 24 of 1961)

    View the list of essential services at Level 5 (

    In keeping with the Governments position in relation to the delivery of Driving lessons:

    ‘Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) have been classified as providing an essential service. ADIs can continue to provide instruction during Level 5 to people who have a booking reserved to undergo a driving test (an appointment for a driving test).’

    ADI’s are reminded that they should take the earliest opportunity to upload any outstanding EDT sessions onto the EDT portal. The RSA will be keeping the portal open to accommodate the uploading of lessons completed prior to the current lockdown. ADI’s are also reminded that the current restrictions preclude the giving of lessons except as outlined above.