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Open Trowbridge Driving Test Centre Longer Say Local Councillors

Open Trowbridge Driving Test Centre Longer Say Local Councillors

Trowbridge councillors and MPs are urging the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to increase the opening hours of Trowbridge Driving Test Centre to tackle an ever-growing waiting list. The test centre is currently open on a Monday and a Tuesday… According to driving instructor Gary Fossey, waiting times for a practical driving test at the Longfield Community Centre – the base for the Trowbridge driving test facility – have hit three to four months.

Mr Fossey, along with Councillor Graham Payne and MP Doctor Andrew Murrison, are urging the DVSA to increase its current opening days – Monday and Tuesday – to three days, and increase the number of driving test instructors from two to three or more.

Driving Test Waiting Times Bad

Mr Fossey said: “The situation is really bad. In the past the DVSA talked about giving us a new test centre but they backtracked on that. Nothing seems to be happening. I am keen to meet with the town council and Dr Murrison because something needs to be done.”

“It’s the same problem at Leighton Recreation Centre in Westbury. That is open on Thursday and Friday and has two examiners. It is not good enough,” Mr Fossey added.

Meanwhile, Councillor Payne said that local learner drivers in Trowbridge are having to wait up to six months for a driving test. He said: “It is natural that someone would want to be tested in a place they know well.”

Mr Payne has been notified of the driving test waiting times on several occasions and described the situation as ‘absurd.’ He said that the test centre needs to be open an extra day. However, he’s been told that it’s not ‘cost-effective’, but he thinks it can be made cost-effective when open for three days a week.

Mr Murrison said: “I’ve been in contact with the Department of Transport about this issue to find out how Trowbridge compares with other test centres and if we can better resource

the facility to reduce lengthy waiting times. I am happy to meet with local parties to address this ongoing issue.”

Meanwhile, a DVSA spokesperson said: “After looking into the provision of driving tests in rural Wiltshire, DVSA is considering ways to improve access for these areas, but has yet to identify a solution, which could bring a standardised driving test to all candidates.”

“Currently, driving tests in Trowbridge and Westbury are provided to help boost the service in west Wiltshire. Trowbridge and Westbury each host two driving examiners twice a week, who travel from a main driving test centre to increase access to tests in this area,” the spokesperson added.

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