Council calls for mobile provisional licence test in the shire

Ps please: Mayor Matthew Deeth and Buxton teen John Talbot want mobile provisional licence tests to come to the shire. Picture: Chris Lane
Ps please: Mayor Matthew Deeth and Buxton teen John Talbot want mobile provisional licence tests to come to the shire. Picture: Chris Lane

Wollondilly Council wants to make it easier for teens across the shire to get their P-plates.

The council will write to the Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello to request that Service NSW conduct mobile provisional licence tests in the shire.

Mayor Matthew Deeth said having mobile testing in the shire would provide local teens with fairer access to government services.

"It's just another one of those things that shows how disadvantaged people are in the shire when it comes to accessing these services," he said.

"We have the RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) van come to the shire regularly and they do have the ability to conduct provisional licence tests but we don't currently have a route here."

Cr Deeth said a route would need to be established prior to the service being offered in Wollondilly.

"It is not an insurmountable problem and in my talks with the RMS they were really encouraging of the idea," he said. "The RMS advised us to write to the Minister about some of the challenges we are facing, but I am quite hopeful that this will be an option in future."

Wollondilly locals currently have to travel 40 minutes to take their test at either Gregory Hills or Mittagong RMS locations.

Buxton teenager John Talbot is just three hours from being able to sit his provisional licence test.

However he will have to wait at least three weeks to sit a test at either of his local RMS locations.

"I think having mobile testing in the shire is a good idea," he said. "The waiting list is so long at the RMS that it makes it hard to plan for when to book the test.

"Most of us learn to drive in the shire too, so it would be good to take the test on Wollondilly roads where we have learned to drive rather than places that we don't know."

Cr Deeth said it was John's idea to bring this issue up at council.

"It was his suggestion and I think it's a great idea," he said. "If you do have children living in the shire who are having trouble booking their test please get in touch as we would like to build a case to send to the Minister."

Councillors unanimously supported the plan.

Cr Gould said mobile provisional tests would be well-received.

"There are number of people, like mums and older people, who might have to wait hours in some cases while their teenager takes the test," he said.

"Having them here would be much easier."