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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“I need a driving license for a category A car”
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“Driving to Cambourne drastically reduces the lesson time for pupils and puts them at an automatic disadvantage.”
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“I think it's disgusting that the centre is no longer open for 5 days a week and that you have to travel to Camborne for a test. It's not acceptable.”
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“I feel that Penzance is a big enough town, with enough young people to warrant its own driving test centre. Young people should be able to take their test in the town, Camborne is too far away for lessons and tests.”
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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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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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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..”