Learners confirm Baglan is on route for driving tests
THE Post can confirm that Baglan has become a driving test route — after former learner drivers confirmed they had taken their tests there.
Earlier this week, we reported on the concerns that residents in the village had about the possibility, following a rise in the number of instructor cars in the area.
But the Driving Standards Agency — which is responsible for organising routes for driving tests — refused to confirm if this was true.
However, since the story was published, readers have been in touch through the Post's website and via Twitter to confirm the fears.
On Twitter, @ChrisPMelvin responded to a link to the story, saying: "Baglan is a driving test route."
He added that he himself had taken his test there — two years ago. On the Post's website — www.southwales-evening post.co.uk — Mattla added: "Baglan is a test route. I passed my test a few months ago (on the second attempt) and both times I took my test in Baglan."
Following confirmation from people who had been examined in the area, we re-contacted the DSA asking them again if they could confirm it was a test route.
But a spokeswoman for the agency said their previous statement still stood.
She 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."
A busy residential area, people living in Baglan raised the issue at a bi-monthly Pact meeting, after one person 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 was.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said she had her wing mirror clipped by a learner and most residents described the extra traffic as horrendous. 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.