‘Utterly bizarre’ theory test centre move slammed

Learner drivers will be forced to travel to either Whalsay or Mid Yell to sit their theory tests from next month in a decision branded “utterly bizarre”.

Lerwick’s theory test centre, which operates from Islesburgh, will close permanently on Friday, 3rd September.

Instead learners will have to sit their tests at either the Whalsay or Mid Yell leisure centres from Monday, 6th September.

The decision has been described as “a nightmare” by one learner driver.

But the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) maintained this week that it was a good move for the isles – because there is now two test centres instead of one.

It said there were no plans to re-open a centre in Lerwick.

Isles MP Alistair Carmichael called the news “utterly bizarre”.

Full story in today’s edition of The Shetland Times.


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  • Anne Gair

    • September 8th, 2021 16:02

    It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to travel off the main island and up north to Whalsay or Mid Yell to take a theory test! Just as well it is being changed to be able to do it in Lerwick too! Whom ever thought that idea up should not be in a position to make these rules up, it is an absolutely stupid idea!


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