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Driving Standards chief invited to see busy road learners could be faced with

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: November 26, 2010

FIGHTING PLAN: Louth-area driving instructors are annoyed at the decision to close the Louth Test Centre. Pictured are (from left) Nigel Trafford, pupil Gareth Edwards, Mike Beecroft, John Scottorn, Lavinia Hanley, Mark King, Pete Davenport, Mel Bloss, Brian Ley and pupil Jessica Broome.

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THE chief executive of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is to be invited to Louth to personally see what learner drivers will be faced with if they sit their tests in Grimsby.

The Louth Driving Instructors' Association is continuing its fight to stop the DSA from closing the town's test centre.

The DSA had planned to close the centre on January 10 next year, but now has decided to defer this to February 10 to give customers a longer notice period.

As reported, the agency feels the building does not meet modern standards.

If it closes, this will mean learner drivers in Louth will have to go to Grimsby or Skegness for their tests, incurring extra costs in lesson time.

There were 1,148 tests carried out in Louth last year, 1,289 at Skegness and 4,918 at Grimsby.

As well as a petition, the driving instructors have been supported by Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell who has written to Rosemary Thew, the chief executive of the DSA.

In her reply, she claims there should be no increase in costs for learner drivers in Louth – read today's Grimsby Telegraph for more and let us know what you think by commenting below.

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    Charlotte, Louth  |  November 28 2010, 10:38PM

    Reading Your Comments I Guess Youve Passed Your Tests. Im A Learner Driver In Louth And Like Ive Said To The Chief Executive If The Building Was Substantial For Other Road Users Surely Nothin Has Changed And Its Stil Substantial Now!!! Learning To Drive Is A Scary Thought To Start With But Having To Drive Around A Place Youre Not Familiar With Is Even More Scarier!! Let Alone A 10 Minute Independent Driving Session.. Including A Set Of Instructions You Have To Remember! Arent Learner Drivers Anxious Enough..?? I Am Not Familiar With Grimsby,.. Why Should I Take More Of My Time Because The DSA Are Inconsiderate?! Its Hard Fitting In A 2 Hour Driving Lesson Whilst Holding Down Two Jobs And A Full Time College Course!! Im Pleased Sir Peter Tapsell Is Behind Us In Louth Because Its About Time We Were Listened To! We Should Have Had A Letter Or Some Sort Of Communication From The DSA Before They Took The Decision To Close A Vital Building Down!!

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    John, At Home  |  November 26 2010, 6:37PM

    Surely the point of a driving test is to test how well you drive on the road ? Is anyone really suggesting that learners in Louth are incapable of passing a driving test on Grimsby's roads ? Surely that would mean passing people who are not capable of driving in towns - so what the devil will they do when they have to drive in a city ?

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    What?, NE Lincs  |  November 26 2010, 11:07AM

    I don't get this at all - again comments on busy roads??? Really it is poor practice by driving instructors to drive the test routes. If they are doing their jobs properly, a student would be able to pass a test at any test centre. If the instructors think that a student can't pass a test at any test centre, surely they are being irresponsible releasing the student onto the roads! They certainly wont be driving the Louth test route on the way to work / their mates house / the cinema the next day when fully licensed. It should be a once only trip to a different test centre. It scares me that politicians (Tapsell) are essentially condoning the practice of putting drivers that are not competent to be on the road, on the road, by teaching to pass the test and not teaching to drive safely. We should be ensuring these young drivers are safe and competent on any road, for both their sakes and the lives of others!