Callander driving test centre to re-open
The Callander driving test centre is to re-open, after a series of meetings.
DVSA closed the centre on 23rd May, despite concerns learner drivers living in rural areas would have to travel three hours for their test.
After meetings between MPs, councillors and DVSA, a three month trial period to re-open the centre has now been agreed.
Local Councillor Martin Earl said, “I am absolutely delighted that we have managed to keep a test centre in Callander.
“You can get a positive result sometimes by making sure everyone keeps talking and there is a will to find a way.
“The Youth project were very happy to help and everyone involved has worked hard to make this possible.
“I know many people,including my son and daughter, who have learnt to drive and passed their tests in Callander and I wanted that choice to stay available for everyone in the area.”
Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling, commented, “Grant contacted myself and Martin to raise the problem and organise a petition and we kept working together to achieve this positive outcome.
“The original decision would have led to a real gap in service for people in the rural areas, precisely where being able to drive is often an essential requirement.
“A solution had to be found.”
Mark Griffiths from Callander Youth Project added, “I believe the closure of the Callander Test Centre disproportionately disadvantaged young people in the wider area which Callander Youth Project Trust (CYP) serves by increasing social isolation and placing further barriers to employment.
“CYP are therefore delighted to be able to help retain the Driving Test Centre in Callander”