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Lanarkshire learner drivers hit out after being compelled to journey to England to take a seat principle exams – NewsEverything Scotland

Learner drivers have branded the testing course of “shambolic” after being compelled to journey to England to take a seat their principle exams.

Charlene McLaren, from Shotts, needed to journey 190 miles and keep in a single day together with her household to take a seat the check.

She was compelled to take a seat the examination in Blackpool after not having the ability to discover a check anyplace in Scotland.


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She instructed Lanarkshire Dwell : “I’d have usually sat the check in Glasgow, however there have been no appointments obtainable till October.

“My teacher instructed me they’d heard of individuals travelling to England to take a seat the check and I regarded on-line and located a number of appointments.

“There have been exams obtainable in Blackpool and I made a decision to e book there, as I’m conversant in Blackpool.

“I needed to journey down with my companion and youngsters and we needed to keep the evening earlier than.

“This was arduous for us and left me underneath a number of stress, however fortunately I handed the check.

“It felt particular to be sitting in Blackpool as it’s one in all my favorite locations and my dad used to take us there loads, he died in 2018.”

Ross McKenna, from Shotts, is one other learner left pissed off by the system.

He additionally needed to journey to Blackpool to take his check, after searching for a Scottish check date for months.

His mum, Margaret McKenna, was left angered by the system.

She mentioned: “My dad needed to drive Ross all the way down to the check which was an additional price for us.

“Fortunately he handed, however it’s a joke that he needed to journey that far within the first place.

“I don’t perceive how there are such a lot of slots in England, however none up right here – what’s occurring?

“Now we have been making an attempt to get a check for Ross for thus lengthy and eventually determined sufficient was sufficient and booked Blackpool.

“The sensible check is similar, we will’t get one in Lanark till November. It’s actually nerve-racking for us all.”

Ross’ plight was taken up by newly-elected Airdrie & Shotts MP Anum Qaiser Javed, who raised the difficulty at Westminster.

She mentioned: “Learners are going through round six months’ anticipate each principle and sensible driving exams – and the place they do discover a slot, it usually includes important and doubtlessly costly journey throughout the UK.

“That’s not in any manner sustainable or truthful to the 440,000 younger drivers who’re ready, nor does it make nice sense to encourage long-distance, non-essential journey within the midst of a pandemic.

“What’s worse is that the UK Authorities level clean refuses to increase the two-year expiration for principle check passes, which signifies that some drivers are being compelled to pay to re-sit exams as a result of they haven’t been in a position to safe a sensible check in time.

“In fact, that’s solely rising the backlog for principle exams. These delays danger closing a lot of these doorways off to a whole technology.”

DVSA Chief Govt, Loveday Ryder, mentioned: “We’re doing all we will to supply as many exams as attainable so we will get our companies again to regular.

“I do know learners can be eager to take their check now, however it can be crucial that candidates are correctly ready and don’t rush to take it.

“With greater than half of candidates failing, and demand presently extraordinarily excessive for exams, learners ought to solely take their check solely when they’re assured they’ll move.

“This may assist them to keep away from a prolonged anticipate a retest and assist us by not including to the backlog of exams.”

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