The decision not to include Thurles as a base for obtaining a new driving licence has angered local councillor Jim Ryan. Under new regulations in force since the end of October, all applications for a new licence must be made in person to the National Driving Licence Service offices in Nenagh and Clonmel.
“Thurles is once again being overlooked for this type of service,” Cllr Ryan told the Tipperary Star. “I am angered by this. Thurles was also overlooked when it came to having the headquarters for the new county council.”
The Independent councillor said he will be raising the issue at the next meeting of North Tipperary County Council.
“I will be calling for an office in Thurles. I have been contacted by a number of people about this. How are people going to get across to either Nenagh or Clonmel? They could lose a day’s work. There was no consultation.”
Cllr Ryan pointed out that there were three and four-hour long queues at the motor tax office in Nenagh when the new vehicle declaration regulations were brought in.
He called for an outreach office to be located at the council’s new facility in the old library on Matthew Road when the council is merged in 2014.
The new driving licence offices are at 10 Silver Street, Nenagh, and Suite 9, First Floor, Powerstown House, Clonmel.