Boost for driving test centre

CAMPAIGNERS who are looking to save the driving test centre in Arbroath have received a welcome boost as the closing day deadline has been pushed back.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) had originally planned to close the bases in Arbroath and Forfar on March 18, but talks between officials and local driving instructors have revealed that this date could change.

If the deadline day is pushed back it will mean those who have booked in for their test after March 18 could still be able to take it in the town they trained in.

Angus driving test centres are set to close and learners will now be sent to Dundee to take their test.

Estimates so far show that instructors’ costs will rise by 15-20 per cent and students may be a 30-40 per cent tuition rise.

Angus MP Mike Weir has raised the issue at Westminster and his colleagues are backing his calls to keep the two Angus test centres open.

In January around 15 instructors protested outside the Arbroath centre alongside Councillor David Fairweather.