Driving test bosses ‘committed’ to centre in Banbury

Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry

Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry

First published in Banbury

DRIVING test bosses have said they are committed to keeping a centre in the Banbury area after uncertainty over the lease of the town’s site.

The Driving Standards Agency has refused to confirm or deny whether it will shut the West Bar Street facility.

Spokesman Chris Lee said: “The current lease expires in March 2013, but we are committed to retaining a service in the area.”

He refused to comment further, saying the agency was “considering our options”.

It comes after Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry wrote to the agency over “rumours” that the centre would close in March.

He said: “Wherever the driving test is taken examiners are still needed.

“So I very much doubt that closing the test centre is going to save any money – if at all.”

The centre currently has a three week waiting time for car tests and nine weeks for the motorcycle module two test.

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