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A test centre in Blackpool left a young girl in tears after failing her due to some pencil filings left on the floor of a car before a test. It’s one of a series of bizarre reasons reported for needless failings where examiners are refusing to get into cars under Covid regulations according to the Lancashire Post.
Paul Turner’s 17-year-old daughter had been waiting months to take the test last Monday but has been left so upset she hasn’t driven since.
Mr Turner said: “When you Google the test centre, you can see there are quite a few other people who have had the same experience.
“In my daughter’s case, it was the instructor’s car and it was spotless apart from a few tiny bits of rubber from when the instructor had rubbed something out of his diary.
“The filings weren’t on the seat or anywhere where the examiner would be sitting.”
The appalled father said there would not have been any reason for the examiner not to have proceeded with the test.
He added: “It wasn’t like there were crisp packets and empty tins everywhere, it’s ridiculous.”
They spent about 10 minutes trying to discuss it and sort it out, but got nowhere.”
After the examiner refused to get in the car, the instructor asked for a second opinion, which was refused, then the manager was contacted to no avail.
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Mr Turner said: “So she’s failed without even driving the car, and there’s no way of getting the money back.
“I’m incredibly unhappy about it and I’ve contacted (local MP) Ben Wallace about it, and his office said they are looking into it.
“I can’t see a reason why he couldn’t get into the car.
“At the end of the day, these people are civil servants and they need to be accountable.”
One Preston driving instructor, who asked not to be named, said: “So many driving instructors I speak to are having problems at Blackpool, it’s happening all the time.
“To fail someone for this is absolutely bonkers and those responsible need to be accountable.
“At Preston, you can question decisions by the examiners and they will explain, but in Blackpool, they take it very personally.”
Mr Turner added: “Not only that, but this is one of the most nerve-wracking things a teenager does, it’s one of those stand-out moments in your life, and this has just made it worse.”
Amid reports other students were failed due to ‘mud in a footwell’, blades of grass and even strands of hair, a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) spokesperson told the Post:
“DVSA’s priority is to protect our customers and staff and stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Guidance has been issued that cars used on driving tests must be cleaned before the test to lessen the chance of infection.
“Driving tests will not go ahead if this has not been followed to ensure public safety.”
Tests cost £64 and there is currently an approximate four to five month wait to book.
Express.co.uk has reached out to DVSA for any further comment.
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