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Today’s talking point

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NOT much attention has been given to the fact that the unnecessary Covid restrictions have prevented learner drivers from taking theory and practical tests – yet another curb on freedom for young people.

The theory test centres re-open today, but an estimated 70,000 learners who have already passed ae being forced to retake it – and pay the £23 fee again.

This is because the government has refused to extend the two-year validity of theory test certificates for those who have been unable to take driving lessons, and the practical test, during lockdown.

A campaign to get this changed is supported by The Grand Tour star James May, who said: ‘The government seems to be arguing that they can’t change the law to extend the validity of theory tests – but that’s exactly what they’ve done in Northern Ireland, and they were quick to extend MOT validity for cars. So I’m not sure why they’ve decided to penalise young drivers in this way. Perhaps they just want the money?’

Feel free to discuss this or anything else on your mind.

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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