Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 8 October 2015

Driving test is unfair in Derry

Published 24/03/2009

How would you feel if you failed your driving test because you didn’t reverse park correctly, only to find that this manoeuvre is not carried out at at another test centre?

It’s about time someone took the Driver and Vehicle Agency to task about this inconsistency and how they conduct driving tests in the north west.

Most driving tests start and finish at MoT centres, but there is no MoT centre in Londonderry. The nearest is some three miles away in New Buildings. Driving test candidates in Derry have to show up at Waterside House for their test. As parking is limited at and near this Government building, the DVA has unofficially commandeered three parking spaces from nearby Dorman Court apartment building.

When more than three driving tests are going on at the same time, more private parking spaces are used. Also, as test candidates are often asked to sound the vehicle horn, sometimes as early as 8.50am, this can be a source of annoyance to the apartment residents.

Learner drivers in other towns spend time (and money) practising and perfecting the parking bay manoeuvre yet in the Waterside this manoeuvre cannot be carried out because there are no suitable parking spaces. For the driving test to be fair to all, the DVA needs to rectify this situation.

Concerned learner


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