Norman Baker said motorcylists' lives will be put at risk on long trips
‘Motorcyclists lives at risk’ in new test fiasco
26 March 2008 16:09
Motorcyclists’ lives will be put at risk by a lack of new test centres, Liberal Democrats have said.
Learner riders face 200-mile round trips to sit new tests from October due to the shortage, according to the party.
It said in a statement that research had revealed 17 of 50 planned new test centres were not on course to be ready and that learners in Penzance would face a 100-mile ride to Exeter.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary Norman Baker said: “This is yet another Department of Transport bungle to add to their catalogue of errors.”
Julia Goldsworthy MP, who uncovered the statistics, said: “The lives of learner motorcyclists are being put at risk as they are forced to travel hundreds of miles in order to take their test.”