29 Nov 2011

Drivers may have to travel long distance for tests

4:06 pm on 29 November 2011

Motorists in Northland could be forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to sit driving licence tests under changes proposed by the Transport Agency.

The agency wants to end practical tests in Kaitaia, Kaikohe and Dargaville when changes to licences come into force in February.

Far North District Council member Tracey Dalton says the change would mean people would have to travel to Kerikeri to sit the test. Some would have to be driven long distances by a licensed driver in order to do so.

Ms Dalton believes rural centres should retain their own testing, as people living outside towns need to prove their ability including driving close to large trucks and negotiating hazards on the open road.