Instructors call for new Cannock driving test centre
A group representing driving instructors has urged the DVSA to reconsider its decision to close Cannock's test centre.
Learners will now have to take their tests at either Featherstone or Lichfield after the base at Cannock fire station was axed.
The South Staffordshire Association of Driving Instructors (SSADI) has called for an alternative test centre to be set up and insist there is enough demand for the town to have its own. The group says the DVSA has been "priced out" of staying at the fire station.
The instructors group said it was "short-sighted" of the motoring body not to consider alternative options for Cannock.
The centre was previously saved in 2015 when a plan to shut it was ditched by the DVSA. The Cannock centre was open two days a week and the DVSA says the decision will provide a "more consistent service, five days a week".
SSADI chairman Chris Scott-Douglas said: "We fully understand that the DVSA is not to blame for the closure.
"What we don’t understand and what feels so unjust is why the test centre has been closed with no thought to opening another one in a different location in the area. Historically Cannock has always had a test centre; in our opinion not having one will mean a lack of service to the local community, a larger carbon footprint and increased risk and stress for local families of candidates wanting to take a test.
"We are really concerned that the test waiting times will rise at Lichfield and Featherstone test centres as they did last time, which is obviously not good for anyone.
"There is so much development going on in and around Cannock spreading as far as Hednesford, Burntwood and Norton Canes that there will be many more candidates looking to take tests.
"All we ask is that the DVSA consider these options and come to take a look at them."