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Craigavon test centre situation ‘untenable’ as learner drivers sent to Armagh and Lisburn

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Learner drivers who were due to sit a driving test in Craigavon are being sent to Armagh and Lisburn instead.

The situation for drivers in the north of the county has been described as “untenable” by Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart.

Ms Lockhart, along with DUP colleagues, Councillors Margaret Tinsley and Tim McClelland, have urged Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon MLA to reintroduce driver testing at Craigavon immediately.

“This situation is untenable and places local motorists at a distinct disadvantage be it for driving, trailer and HGV tests,” she said.

“This week I have received representation from each of the sectors that use Craigavon and they are very distressed about the impact it will have on their respective businesses.

“Some of these sectors are the main supply for our haulage and agricultural industry.

“Craigavon Test Centre covers a very wide geographical area and is one of the busiest centres in Northern Ireland with a large number of tests being conducted every year.

“I remember when I was taking my driving test I took comfort in the knowledge that I knew the roads, the routes and what to look out for at certain spots.

“That is a comfort that will not be available to local learner drivers who are taking their driving test. That is unfair.

“I have raised this with the Minister and asked her to urgently review this decision and to quickly reinstate these test.

“I have requested a meeting with her so that the instructors can highlight their concerns.”

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