A LEARNER driver failed her test before starting the engine.
Paul Turner said his 17-year-old daughter was “distraught” when her examiner told her she wouldn’t get her full license – or even the chance to ride – because her car was “too dirty” “.
The teenager waited months for the position before she transferred to the Blackpool Test Center.
But the surveyor even refused to get off the car because there were pencil-sized rubber mites on the carpet underneath the passenger seat.
The female student’s instructor requested a second opinion, but was denied, after which the administrators were contacted to no avail.
Paul, from St Michaels on Wyre, Lancashire, said: “It was the instructor’s car and it was completely spotless apart from a few small bits of rubber when the instructor rubbed something out of the diary. his signature.”
“The records are not on the chair or anywhere the examiner will sit.
“There are scraps of paper and empty tins everywhere, it’s ridiculous.
“They spent about 10 minutes discussing and arranging it, but got nowhere.
“So she failed even without driving, and there was no way to get her money back.
“She was distraught, in tears. I don’t understand why he couldn’t get in the car.”
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He added: “At the end of the day, these people are public servants and they need to be held accountable.
“There’s a lot of people wanting to do their tests backlog, and this is making it worse.”
It costs £64 to take a real driving test and there is currently a waiting list of four to five months.
Theory tests expire after two years, which adds to the trouble of learners getting stuck on waiting lists.
“We live in a rural community, we don’t have a bus going through,” says Paul.
“She will finish college in the summer, and her job prospects will be limited if she can’t drive.
“Not only that, it’s one of the most stressful things a teenager does, it’s one of the standout moments in your life, and this just makes it worse.
“She’s been saving for this for a long time, she’s been saving up for her first car, and it’s not fair.”
Other drivers also complained that judges at the centre, which is handling exams across the country to deal with overcrowding, refused to board if they were “too dirty”.
And dozens of others around the country said tests would be rejected if cars failed to meet new Covid-busting standards set forth by the Drivers and Vehicles Standards Agency.
One motorcyclist in Norwich failed because of mud in the pit of his foot while others succumbed to a blade of grass and even hairs.
Google reviews for Blackpool Test Centers show that at least three others have failed because “picky” testers find fault with vehicle cleanliness.
Elizabeth Quinn wrote: “Followed gov.uk instructions to clean Covid but examiner refused to let him take the test!
“It’s not clear what he was up to on the back deck of the car, where he spotted a few tiny hairs.
“All surfaces are clean and free of litter or unnecessary items anywhere as recommended.”
She was distraught, in tears.
Kath Threlfall said: “My son canceled his trip to Blackpool yesterday and had to do it in our car.
“Despite complying with Covid’s safety cleaning requirements, i.e. removing trash and unnecessary items, and cleaning and wiping the vehicle’s dashboard and controls, the inspector said. the car was not clean enough and refused to take the test.
“When asked by a waiting parent to use a motorbike taxi, he then said it was too late to take the test.”
The DVSA declined to comment on individual cases and did not say whether assessors at the Blackpool Test Center were under investigation.
Instead, a spokesperson said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect our customers and employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Instructions have been issued that cars used in driving tests must be cleaned prior to testing to reduce the risk of infection.
“Driving tests will not be conducted if this is not observed to ensure public safety.”
The instructions for those wishing to test are that they must “clean and clean the inside of your vehicle first”.
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