The Road Safety Authority says it is working to increase capacity in the coming months.
Almost 4,000 people in the midlands are waiting for an appointment for the Driver Theory Test.
1,170 are on the list in Laois, with 1,009 looking for a test in Offaly, and Westmeath's total is 1,134.
The Road Safety Authority says it is working to increase capacity in the coming months by making additional appointment slots available for those whose tests were cancelled during Covid19 Level 5 restrictions.
Labour Party member in Laois, Eoin Barry says "It's vital that remote theory testing is fast tracked to ease the backlog and pressure on those who are awaiting theory tests. The longer we go without clearing this backlog, the harder it will be long term. The majority of these people are young and given public transport capacity limits cannot be left to twist in the wind. We now need urgent intervention through remote testing from the Minister and the RSA"
Statement form the RSA:
"The driver theory test does not operate a waiting list in the conventional sense; it offers appointment slots which are then taken up by eligible customers. The driver theory test Service has 54,313 candidates currently booked with a confirmed appointment for a theory test between 6 March 2021 and 31 November 2021, details are set out in the Table in the Appendix below. The RSA will be working with the service to increase capacity in the coming months to make additional appointment slots available for those whose tests were cancelled during Covid19 Level 5 restrictions."