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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Driving test centre to be launched at Cannock

22/02/2016

Budding motorists will be on the road to success when a new driving test centre is launched at Cannock Community Fire Station on February 24.

"Supporting the DVSA in this important partnership project will also enable us to help driving instructors by reducing the amount of fuel they are using, in turn saving them money. Importantly, it will see instructors, the DVSA and the fire and rescue service come together where, with a joint approach, we can play a significant role in educating young, vulnerable drivers and help reduce the number of people killed or injured on Staffordshire’s roads."

The Service has teamed up with the DVSA to run driving tests from the facility on Old Hednesford Road.

The venture will provide a centrally located test centre in the heart of Cannock, making it more convenient for residents to access.

It is also supports local driving instructors who will pay less money in fuel by travelling to a local facility.

Rowan Kitton, Driver Development and Education, said: "We are really looking forward to being able to provide the people of Cannock with this locally based driving test centre. It will run from our community fire station, in the heart of the town, which has already established itself as a popular hub for residents who want to make use of its free meeting rooms and have access to potentially life-saving fire and road safety advice.

"Supporting the DVSA in this important partnership project will also enable us to help driving instructors by reducing the amount of fuel they are using, in turn saving them money. Importantly, it will see instructors, the DVSA and the fire and rescue service come together where, with a joint approach, we can play a significant role in educating young, vulnerable drivers and help reduce the number of people killed or injured on Staffordshire’s roads.

"The wider community will benefit as any income generated as a result of the initiative will be fed back into the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities CIC where it will be used to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of the county’s residents. It is a win, win situation for everyone involved."

Head of Operations at DVSA Phil Lloyd added: "We are pleased to be working with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service again to offer a more local service for candidates in the Cannock area. This is a great example of how we can work with partners in the public and private sector to provide a service that is convenient as well as being cost effective."

The joint venture is the second that the partners have launched. A test centre for large goods vehicles became operational at Stone Community Fire Station in October 2015.