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Learner drivers in Reading could face half an hour trip as test centre set to close

Learner drivers in Reading could face a half an hour journey to reach a test centre, as uncertainty over the future of the town's test centre continues.

Instructors have raised concerns that learners may have to travel to more than 20 miles to take their test if a new site isn't found.

The DVSA says it will provide "suitable testing provision" after the site's closure in May.

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The closure was announced as the lease was due to expire on the current test centre.

Examiners are due to move out on the 31st May 2020.

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition campaigning for the test centre to stay in Reading.

DVSA guidelines say that a town the side of Reading should have a test centre within 7 miles.

But without a replacement site named, learner drivers may have to travel to Newbury or Basingstoke.

These sites are more than 20 miles away.

The DVSA hasn't commented on the relocation, but said that their priority is "to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving."

We will make sure candidates continue to be provided with suitable testing provision beyond this date."

– DVSA Spokesperson