FLINTSHIRE driving instructors are petitioning the Government after plans to shut the Mold-based test centre were announced.
The Driving Standards Agency is proposing to close the centre, subject to the successful acquisition of a facility in Wrexham.
This will leave Flintshire without a driving centre.
Instructors believe this would have a negative impact on aspiring drivers, driving test companies, the staff at Mold and the local economy.
Peter Evans, a Connah’s Quay-based driving instructor, said: “Our businesses will probably survive as people from the area will always want to learn, but it will just cost them more to do it.
“In order to practise test routes as people prepare for their tests they will have to drive to either Chester or Wrexham from their homes in Flintshire and back again, so the likelihood is they will have to pay for a two-hour lesson.”
Delyn Labour MP David Hanson, who received the petition, said: “I very much support the retention of Mold driving test centre and I have made representations to the Driving Standards Agency.”