Rosie Cooper MP has today criticised the Government’s decision to close three of the nearest driving theory test centres to West Lancashire. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have announced their plans to increase the number of these test centres from 180 to 202.
The DVSA said in their announcement of these plans that ‘the increased number of theory test centres will result in a more even distribution of test centre locations and will make theory tests more accessible to those in remote areas of the country.’
This has not had the desired effect in Rosie Cooper MP’s constituency of West Lancashire, where the closure of centres in Southport, Wigan and St Helens has left the only options of Liverpool City Centre or Preston.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“It is an insult to every one of my constituents that the Government are claiming these changes are making driving theory tests more accessible.
“West Lancashire already has limited public transport links, and now it is going to be even harder to get a driver’s license. How are residents in Skelmersdale expected to get to a test centre with almost non-existent public transport and not being able to drive!?
“This is even more proof that the Government’s so called ‘Levelling Up’ agenda is actually a ‘Levelling Down’ agenda for the areas they aren’t interested in! I have written to both DVSA and the Transport Secretary to let them know that this type of treatment of West Lancashire is unacceptable.”