Limerick driving licence service office downgraded


THE temporary downgrading of National Driving Licence Service (NDLS) offices, including the office at the Parkway Shopping Centre in Limerick, has been made permanent.

During a Dáil debate yesterday evening, Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton told Clare Independent TD Michael McNamara that the walk-in service previously available was initially discontinued to ensure compliance with Covid-19 restrictions.

“The current NDLS contract, which was put in place with the front office service provider in 2021, no longer offers a walk-in service,” she explained.

Minister Naughton added that an online service is available for all application types but stated that a “verified MyGovlD account, which requires a public services card (PSC), is needed” to avail of the online service.

However, this drew a sharp response from Deputy McNamara who said that this ran contrary to a ruling from the Data Protection Commission which found that there was no lawful basis for a person to be told they needed the card for anything other than accessing social welfare or benefits.

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