MP pledges to learn more about Oswestry test waiting times

Reporter:

Georgia Macey

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson has pledged to meet with driving instructors in their fight to reduce test waiting times in Oswestry.

The Advertizer reported in August of the three-month wait drivers were facing in the town after the test centre was classed as an ‘outstation’.

This was compared to Wrexham which had waiting times of only six weeks.

Things have improved since – learners wanting to take a test in Oswestry will now be faced with a 10-week wait – but that still compares with only a three-week wait in Wrexham.

Mr Paterson had been due to meet with the Oswestry Driving Instructors’ Group (ODIG) before Christmas but it was cancelled following heavy snowfall.

He said: “We are trying to reschedule the meeting because three months is a long time to have to have waited. I want to learn more from the Oswestry driving instructors and I will meet them as soon as possible.”

The ODIG had previously made contact with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to raise the issues around the waiting times for practical driving tests.

A spokesperson from DVSA said: “The DVSA’s priority is to help people through a lifetime of safe driving.

“We are currently recruiting for an examiner to bring down waiting times in Oswestry.

“We continually monitor these waiting times and work towards all of rural Shropshire having easy access to driving tests.

“Shrewsbury and Wrexham driving test centres continue to offer driving tests with considerably shorter waiting times.”

Email:

georgia.macey@nwn.co.uk

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