Wakefield may soon have it's own Multi-Purpose Test Centre (MPTC)

New L-Test Centre Plan

Learner drivers could soon be taking their tests at a new centre.

A full planning application to build a multi-purpose driving test centre for the Driving Standards Agency at Silkwood Park, close to junction 40 of the M1, was submitted to Wakefield Council's planning department last week.

The application was a result of changes in EU legislation to the motorcycle driving test, which requires centres to have an off-road area to test motorcyclists on high speed breaking and slalom manoeuvres.

Car drivers could also take their test from the centre, which will employ 10 full-time examiners. It would be open from 7am to 9:30pm, seven days a week. Wakefield's current test centre is based at Carr Gate.

Source: Wakefield Express (Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group), Friday 13th March 2009.

This is a great result for the Wakefield District (providing the planning application is successful), very convenient opening hours, and especially in this economic climate, additional job opportunities for qualified examiners.