MP keeps up pressure

ANGUS MP Mike Weir has continued his campaign against the closure of the Driving Test Centres in Arbroath and Forfar by raising the matter at Scottish Questions on Wednesday.

He urged Scotland Office ministers to intervene with the Department of Transport to, at the very least, delay closures until there had been public consultation.

Mr Weir said: “It is utterly unacceptable that the Driving Standards Agency can simply close important local facilities without any consultation whatsoever. This is no way for any reasonable government agency to operate.

“Neither the instructors, students or the general public were given any opportunity to comment on the plans to remove services from Angus and concentrate them in Dundee.

“Last week the Transport Minister apologised for what had happened, but he has refused to postpone closure whilst it is reviewed. This is not sufficient. If the centres close it is fairly certain that even if the policy is reviewed they will not be reopened.”