The Road Safety Authority have started recruiting for 30 new driving testers for its test centre in Navan.

They say it will bring to 130 the number of permanent testers at the local facility, which will address its long term needs.

It comes as new figures show there’s a backlog of nine weeks to wait for a test in the town.

That compares favourably to current wait times in Louth, with a 12 weeks’ backlog in Dundalk and 25 weeks in Drogheda.