Call to improve access in Fife for people sitting driving theory tests

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The lack of access for people in Fife to sit the theory part of their driving test has been highlighted this week by a Fife MSP.

Alex Rowley has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport pointing out that Fifers are being given test dates in places as far away as Aberdeen and Carlisle.

The Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife has also written to all Fife MSPs raising the matter and asking them to look at why people are being given test centres so far away from the Kingdom.

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Alex Rowley, Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.Alex Rowley, Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.
Alex Rowley, Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.

Mr Rowley said: “I was shocked to receive complaints from people who told me they had to travel to Aberdeen to sit this test then another person came on to me telling me they had been given a date four months from now in Carlisle.

“There is a test centre in Leven but it would seem it cannot cope if people are being sent so far. Given this is a matter dealt with by Westminster I am asking Fife MP’s if they can also follow up with the Department for Transport and get a picture of demand from Fife and how that demand is being met.

"The amount of time and cost associated with travelling to Aberdeen or Carlisle must be considered and if this is the only way to meet demand from Fife then other solutions must be brought forward”.

“There are test centres in Stirling, Edinburgh and Dundee which are obviously nearer but constituents are being sent much further afield so we need to establish why and then what is to be done to rectify this situation.”

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