Driving tests may return to Louth in pilot scheme

Plans to allow learner drivers to take their tests in Louth are being discussed.

The town's test centre shut in February and candidates currently have to travel to Grimsby or Skegness.

But the government said it was looking at using a local leisure centre as a part-time base for visiting examiners in a pilot scheme.

Louth and District Driving Instructors Association chairman Mike Beecroft said the closure had impacted on candidates.

He also said test waiting lists in Skegness had increased.

Modern standards

He said: "Those (learner drivers) that have been taking their tests have had to spend a lot more money.

"Driving test waiting times in Skegness have shot up to the extent that the Driving Standards Agency have been transferring examiners from Grimsby to Skegness to try and maintain the waiting list within acceptable levels."

The driving test centre in Louth closed despite a 5,000-signature petition presented by Lincolnshire MP Sir Peter Tapsell to the Department for Transport.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) said it was not up to modern standards.

Louth's Meridian Leisure could be used as a base for driving tests, but a final decision has yet to be made.

In a statement, road safety minister Mike Penning said a "more flexible and innovative" approach was being considered and it was hoped a more local service could be provided for driving test candidates in Louth.

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