Driving ahead with change

PUBLISHED: 12:06 11 August 2006 | UPDATED: 19:47 01 June 2010

I WRITE in response to the letter in your newspaper from Carl Jackson concerning Wisbech driving test centre. At the outset, let me say that no decision has been taken to close the existing Wisbech driving test centre. We are looking to replace the existi

I WRITE in response to the letter in your newspaper from Carl Jackson concerning Wisbech driving test centre.

At the outset, let me say that no decision has been taken to close the existing Wisbech driving test centre. We are looking to replace the existing King's Lynn centre with a larger multi-purpose test centre (MPTC) in order to introduce the new motorcycle test scheduled for 2008.

This MPTC at Lynn will conduct both car and motorcycle tests but is not dependent on the closure of the Wisbech centre.

Carl Jackson's letter assumes all learner drivers have to practice in the vicinity of the test centre but, of course, they don't.

Indeed, we would prefer that learner drivers practice in a variety of areas to gain the wider experience that will serve them better when they take their test.

Mr Jackson's comments regarding a potential increase in pollutants is based on the assumption that large numbers of familiarisation journeys would be required. But we do not believe this to be the case.

I should also add that learner drivers are able to drive at 70mph on national speed limit roads such as the A47 mentioned. Those who are up to test standard should be able to keep up with normal traffic flow.

RAY COLESBY

Area Manager

(Midlands and Eastern)

Driving Standards Agency

Talbot Street

Nottingham

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