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Sugden urges minister to increase driving test capacity

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INDEPENDENT East Londonderry MLA Claire Sugden has again appealed to the Minister for Infrastructure to increase practical driving test capacity.

Ms Sugden has been contacted by numerous constituents unable to book tests. Some face the prospect of their theory test expiring before they can take their practical test, meaning they would have to re-sit their theory test.

“I understand when the online driving system opened, it was fully booked within a few hours,” she said. “Many students have been unable to book a test at all or within a reasonable and required timeframe before their theory test expires.

“Further, I believe there are no available tests beyond March 2021.”

The MLA asked the minister to consider increasing the number of driving tests available over the next six months, asked when tests after March 2021 would be able to be booked and what would happen to those students who were unable to get a practical test booked prior to their theory test expiring.

“I hope students will not be required to re-sit their theory test because they were unable to apply for and pass their practical test within the timeframe due to this issue,” Ms Sugden continued.

“People need to get their driving licences for employment, education or simply to avoid the risk of public transport if they are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.”

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