A Letterkenny Councillor has called for road linings in the town to be repainted amid complaints from driving test candidates.
Cllr Gerry McMonagle said that learner drivers are being frustrated by a lack of clear directions in Letterkenny town. He told the council that people have been penalised during their driving tests recently due to poor lineage.
“The road lining in the town is not good enough,” Cllr McMonagle told today’s sitting of the Letterkenny-Milford MD. “There are serious junctions with traffic using them where the lines, the roundabouts and all associated lineage with them are just non-existent.”
Cllr McMonagle said he has been contacted by driving instructors whose students have been impinged by the issue.
“They are coming up to junctions where lines are not complete or non-existent, the mini-roundabouts that we have which are painted are almost non-existent and they are causing problems for people who are doing their driving test,” he said.
“People have been penalised because of this and driving instructors are raising the question, and rightly so, that we have these lines done regularly that they are very clearly visible and they instruct the motorists on what they should be doing, whether its to give way or stop.
“Not only is it a road safety hazard, it’s now impinging on people’s ability to do their driving test in a safe and helpful way.”
Cllr McMonagle has called on the local roads department to put more pressure on line contractors to keep the road markings fresh and correct. He pointed out one particular junction on the test route where the lines conflict with a stop sign at Ard O’Donnell.
In response, the Letterkenny Roads Office is now set to seek works from line contractors as soon as possible, while the issue at Ard O’Donnell will be examined soon.