Baglan residents' worry over driving test route in village
RESIDENTS in Baglan have raised concerns with police because they fear the village may have become a driving test route.
But the Driving Standards Agency — which is responsible for organising routes for driving tests — has refused to confirm if this is true.
People living in the highly residential area raised the issue at Baglan’s bi-monthly Pact meeting, after one resident was told by an instructor or examiner that someone was on their test.
They said they had noticed an influx of learner driver cars in the area, doing three point turns, parallel parking and using the area’s roundabout.
PCSO Emma Everson said she had been asked if it was a test route, because of the increase of vehicles in the area — particularly behind the Spar shop. But she said she didn’t believe it had.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said she had her wing mirror clipped by a learner.
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She then followed the car, adding: “It pulled over and this chap got out of the car and told me this boy was on his test.”
Most residents described the extra traffic as horrendous, but added that they were not against learner drivers — just the use of the village as a test route.
They also raised concerns over people parking on the pavements and forcing pedestrians onto the roads in the area.
Another resident said learning to drive was something everyone had to go through and said that in proportion, the traffic was probably no worse than it was 20 years ago.
Pact chairman, Bernard Jones, said: “It’s a sign of the times in Baglan. When it was built it was one car per house hold. Now it’s a few cars per house.”
Residents asked whether a one-way system could be put in place from Sunnycroft to Elmwood, in a bid to help with the increase of the cars.
A spokeswoman for the Driving Standards Agency said: “DSA does not publish details of test routes. This is to ensure that candidates drive safely in more realistic situations rather than memorising a particular test route.
“DSA encourages driving instructors to teach pupils on a wide variety of roads in order to give them as much pre-test driving experience as possible.
“If there are complaints from residents then we do ask instructors not to over-use certain areas.
“On the rare occasions when a candidate's vehicle is involved in an accident during the test, the examiner will ensure that the candidate stops the vehicle to exchange details and fulfil all legal obligations.”