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Russel Northe MLA:
Northe Licence Testing Backlog Continues

Driver licence testing still pending.

By Portal Admin - 17th August 2020 - Back to News

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has again expressed his disappointment that driver licence testing has ceased leaving many locals out in the cold and not knowing when they will be able to sit their learner drivers test or undertake their probationary driver test.

"As Regional Victoria has again moved into stage 3 restrictions those that were scheduled to sit their learner driver permit test or undertake their probationary licence test now face an even longer wait." Mr Northe said.

Mr Northe said "The situation is actually bemusing. We are told that driver testing in the current environment is unsafe yet testing still continues for heavy vehicles, motorcycles and for hardship cases. Its either unsafe or its not and the lack of consistency in these rules has left many people scratching their heads".

Mr Northe had previously on a number of occasions raised his concerns of the long delays with licence testing as for the second time in as many months testing has again been halted leaving many angry and frustrated.

Parents have raised their concerns at the lack of information being provided with previously rescheduled appointments now put back on hold and new appointments unable to be made.

"My office has been contacted by many parents who cannot even make a first time booking for their child, and there are others who were only days away from sitting their tests and are now left without a time-frame of when their test will actually occur" said Mr Northe

"When restrictions are eventually eased and normal testing resumes the backlog will be profound; so I do firmly believe an alternative testing process should be implemented, particularly for those sitting a computer test for their learners permit." Mr Northe added.

"I am pleased to see a community push from all parts of Regional Victoria to have at the very least a further option for Learners to sit their test by way of an online platform" said Mr Northe.

An online petition has been established in the Parliament of Victoria that calls for changes to the learner permit testing system to an online forum that will provide persons with an alternative option to obtain their learners permit.

A link to the petition can be found below:


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