Norman Baker said motorcylists' lives will be put at risk on long trips

Norman Baker said motorcylists' lives will be put at risk on long trips

 

‘Motorcyclists lives at risk’ in new test fiasco

By Steve Farrell -

General news

 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.”