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Community / Council and DSVA set to discuss future of LGV and motorcycle testing in the isles

COUNCIL officers are set to discuss options to continue motorcycle and large goods vehicle (LGV) driving tests in Shetland when they meet with Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) officials later this week.

On Monday, news broke that the large car park at the former Anderson High School will not be available to safely conduct driving tests from 31 July due to the planned redevelopment of the site.

Meanwhile, hopes to have an alternative site established near the old Decca station were dashed when the DVSA said it would not represent value for money.

The government agency also said it was keen to “explore and then trial” an on-road solution for module 1 motorcycling testing.

The DVSA further said that it would be looking into the possibility of using “a loading bay at a transport operator’s site” to carry out LGV testing.

A spokesman for the agency said on Monday: “We are working closely with the local authority to explore options for delivering motorcycle and lorry tests on Shetland from 31 July and will provide our customers with updates as soon as we can.”

On Tuesday, a Shetland Islands Council spokesperson confirmed that officers from the assets and properties team as well as from the roads service would be discussing the issue this week.