Brimbank,
19
October
2017
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00:39
Australia/Melbourne

Council seeks u-turn on licence testing

Summary

A VicRoads decision to end licence testing at Sunshine should be reversed – Brimbank Council says.

A VicRoads decision to end licence testing at Sunshine should be reversed – Brimbank Council says.

The licensing service is currently operating from the North West Metropolitan VicRoads Office in Ballarat Road, Sunshine, but VicRoads plans to discontinue the service in Sunshine when it moves into the new Regional Office being built at Clarke and Withers street car park.

Mayor Seeks Meeting with Minister

Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch said Council would write to the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan requesting he make a u-turn on VicRoads’ current decision by stepping in and overturning it himself.

“We believe this is an important access and equity issue for Brimbank residents and people from neighbouring areas who will now have to travel much further for licence testing to Melton, Werribee, Sunbury or Broadmeadows,” Cr Hedditch said.

“At a time of rising unemployment, falling real wage levels, rapid population growth and increasing road congestion this decision is bad news for Brimbank and our neighbours.

Show us the Data!

“We have invited VicRoads to provide the data on current services and are waiting for VicRoads to come and discuss with Council the future options for a more accessible, comprehensive and affordable Licence Testing service for residents living in the inner and mid-west catchment area.

“All local Councils and our local MPs are now joining with Brimbank Council to continue the push for licence testing services to remain in the Brimbank area.”

Council will seek an urgent meeting with the Minister to discuss the future need for a suitable replacement service for the area.

Following the closure of licence testing at Sunshine, licence testing will be available at four locations on Melbourne’s north-west (Melton, Werribee, Sunbury and Broadmeadows) and eight locations in Melbourne’s east.

“Melbourne’s west is booming – we need more services to meet growing demands, not fewer services,” Cr Hedditch said.