Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has revealed inconsistent advice given by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for islanders seeking to book driving tests this autumn. Mr Carmichael highlighted confusion between DVSA claims that tests were available in October and the experience of many constituents who have continued to be unable to book tests in practice. Many Islanders who had tests booked in March and cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions were left in the dark for months.
Mr Carmichael said:
“When I met with the DVSA last week I had assurances from them that islanders would be able to get tests in October in Kirkwall and Lerwick. I am deeply disappointed that they are not following through on those assurances. People have been waiting for tests for months. It is simply not good enough.
“I have been trying to work with the DVSA on this issue. The reality, however, is that despite repeated assertions that progress is being made, islanders are still being told that there are no tests to be had. It suggests a lack of interest in taking island needs into account.”
“People in the isles should have as much right to a test as anyone else. It is ridiculous to suggest that after months of waiting and assurances by the DVSA, people cannot get tests booked for October. The DVSA needs to get its act together.”