Penzance Driving Tests

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Penzance Driving Tests
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​Pupils and Instructors of Penwith are calling for the DVSA to reopen Penzance Driving Test Centre immediately to fully operational capacity with at least two full time examiners, 5 days per week. This is the only route to help combat the phenomenal backlog of Driving Tests.

For 15 months now, Penzance Driving Test Centre has not opened to capacity for candidates to undertake Driving Tests. As a result of this, Driving tests have been forced to take place in Camborne Driving Test Centre, 17 miles away. The impact of this has been immense.

Many of the pupils have undertaken driving lessons in West Penwith and been forced to perform under test conditions in a location unfamiliar to them.it is very much not a case of 'if a student can drive they can drive anywhere and so they don’t need to do the lessons in Camborne just the test'. 

  • The two areas are very different and the student will be faced with challenges on their test that they may never have experienced in their lessons before, ie. double mini roundabouts, traffic light controlled crossroads, crossing dual carriageways. This case is not the same as learning in a city where one city is like the rest, rural areas are very different.
  • Pupils are having to pay out additional lesson time in order to travel to and from the new Test location. 
  • Instructors have had to reduce their pupil capacity in order to create more time for candidates to practice in Camborne. 
  • Instructors are also having to cancel lessons due to being held up in the additional travel and traffic to and from Camborne.

There is currently an approximate 4 month waiting list for Driving Tests in Penzance, with approximately only 40 new dates released each month. At present, Penzance Driving Test Centre is open only 2 days per week, with one Examiner conducting only a handful of tests between 08.00 and 15.00. If an examiner is ill, the day's tests are cancelled and students then have additional weeks of delay added to an already frustrating waiting time.

​Penzance Driving Test Centre has the full capabilities of running parallel Tests 5 days a week just as it did before the Pandemic. The DVSA however are not providing enough Driving Examiner cover in Penzance, despite a high number of Examiners conducting tests in Camborne.

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We all know someone who is learning to drive - Family, friends or colleagues. If the DVSA do not employ additional Driving Examiners, or spread the cover evenly from Camborne Driving Test Centre, then there will be a continued and ever-growing lengthy backlog of Driving Tests for these pupils. This situation will not change until all Driving Instructors, Pupils and Local Communities stand together for this cause.
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Kim L signed this petition
“I think this would help those desperate to drive and move forward with there test”
Nicola S signed this petition
“Reinstate full time Test centre at Penzance.”
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“Its needed”
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Bridget R signed this petition
“Shocking situation and completely unfair to so many people”
David P signed this petition
“At the end of the day, people are paying more than enough, just as much, working hard enough towards their licence.

Who's going to compensate here? The pupils or the government??

How typical!!”
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Mark P signed this petition
“Let them make a living!!”
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Maxine C signed this petition
“PZ DVSA need to get back to work ASAP in order to help the young people who need a car to get a job - to help Driving Instructors to have more pupils in order to earn a decent living - if not enough Examiners then advertise for more creating job opportunities in this field - common sense should prevail.”
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“It’s stopping the young getting better work, holding them back yet again, will harm the local economy here, in one of the most hard pressed areas, I really think seven days a week is called for, because it would be a major blow if another lockdown hit, I think the bull needs to be taken by the horns, it’s locals suffering, whilst cars from other areas are flooding here at the moment, it’s one in the face for local lads wanting to just to have a fair chance,”
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Lee W has helped recruit 29 more signatures so far!
“I am an ADI and approximately 20 of my pupils are at or nearing test level. None of them can even book a place in Camborne let alone Penzance till late next year. This issue is only getting worse. Penzance MUST open full time.”
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Becky S has helped recruit 18 more signatures so far!
“Being an instructor in Penzance we need this centre up and running ASAP!”
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Tamsin E has helped recruit 16 more signatures so far!
“This needs to be open 5 days a week”
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Cath E has helped recruit 13 more signatures so far!
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Jennie B has helped recruit 12 more signatures so far!
“My son lives in penzance but had to take his test in camborne which ment doing lessons on camborne so he had to increase lesson time and for a teenager was a massive impact on his budget.”
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Poppy P has helped recruit 12 more signatures so far!
“It needs to happen”
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Elsa R has helped recruit 12 more signatures so far!
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Abigail-Rose W has helped recruit 11 more signatures so far!
“This 100% needs to be done, so many individuals not being able to get a test! Seem it first hand with my sister”
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Sara D has helped recruit 9 more signatures so far!
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Joseph B has helped recruit 8 more signatures so far!
“Have been waiting for a test for a long while. Having to do them in Camborne just isn’t working.
Spending money on tests when I don’t know the area but if it was in Penzance I would’ve passed..”