New hope as organization owner gives to host new site for Callander driving tests

A new site for Callander’s driving exam centre has been suggested which would enable learners to sit the test in the city.

Driving checks in the town were being stopped at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

In September past year, the Observer documented how considerations have been lifted following the check centre failed to reopen right after the easing of lockdown – with the Driving and Motor vehicle Criteria Agency (DVSA) declaring that the centre, found within Callander Youth Task, Bridgend, would not let social distancing to be adhered to.

While a quantity of testing centres did reopen, like the a person in Stirling, pupils hoping to sit their exam at Callander were being left not able to e book their exam at the facility.

As a substitute, learner drivers in distant regions of rural Stirling have been confronted with round visits of up to 100-miles to sit their driving take a look at because the easing of lockdown past summertime.

Now, a single generous organization owner has offered use of his premises in the city that would enable testing to resume.

Richard Johnson from MNV Consulting, based mostly in Stirling Road, has now offered the DVSA use of aspect of the premises for the purposes of conducting driving checks.

Mr Johnson was place in speak to with the DVSA by Trossachs and Teith ward councillor Martin Earl last October. Afterwards that month, DVSA officers visited premises for inspection.

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MNV Consulting experienced sent conditions to DVSA and are now awaiting confirmation that the locale would be suited to perform driving checks from.

Mr Johnson this week instructed the Observer: “We’re happy to supply element of our premises for this facility and assist area persons.”

Councillor Earl mentioned: “It’s wonderful that MNV have stepped up to give a location that addresses all the prerequisites now necessary to be in area that would preserve this crucial services based mostly in Callander.

“I hope that DVSA will verify their wish to progress so preparations can be built to get the facility completely ready to operate as before long as a leisure of the present-day limits allow. I would also pay tribute to the Callander Youth Task for providing an preliminary locale and protecting against the decline of a examination centre masking these kinds of a huge rural place.”

A DVSA spokesperson reported: “Our priority is to maintain staff members and buyers safe and sound.

“The Scottish Govt has announced mainland Scotland will continue being in lockdown further than January 31. The limits in Scotland will continue to be in position until finally at minimum the center of February.

“All vehicle driving checks are suspended in mainland Scotland. We’ll e-mail candidates afflicted by this to allow them know we will reschedule their test.

“We are continuing to search for a new site for a driving check centre at Callander as the recent web page does not fulfill social distancing demands. Candidates need to use the alternate close by website at Stirling when the driving exams resume until we can function from the recent website safely or an alternative website is determined.”

In March 2019, the Observer explained to how the former examination centre at McLaren Leisure Centre was to shut, following Driver and Car or truck Benchmarks Agency bosses refused to pay back a hire hike of £100 for each yr to use the facility, indicating learners faced obtaining to journey an extra 14 miles to Stirling or an more 16 miles to Crieff. Learners based in Tyndrum would have travelled up to 50 miles every single way to sit their examination.

Nevertheless, adhering to a campaign from a nearby driving teacher, councillors and a petition which attracted extra than 850 signatures, DVSA bosses have been forced into a U-turn and agreed to relocate the examination centre to the Callander Youth Task pursuing an agreement with bosses there.