Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Driving Tests delay row

Opposition “misleading and erroneous”, says Government

Gibraltar Government has said that the Opposition has chosen to refer to “false and exaggerated statements” in order to criticise them in the latest row over motorcycling driving tests.

In a statement yesterday Government described as regrettable that the GSLP/Lib spokesman for Traffic, Lucio Randall, in his desire to criticise Government, has used words such as “scandalous” and “unacceptable”. According to Government Mr Randall should have contacted the Department of Transport and “he would have been appraised of the facts.”

A Gibraltar Government spokesman said:

The press release issued by the Opposition as to motorcycle driving tests is both misleading and erroneous. It is certainly true that the motorcycle used for conducting motorcycle driving tests by the Department of Transport broke down and is presently being repaired. The Opposition refers to this unavoidable occurrence as an “unacceptable state of affairs” and that it “has been going on since shortly before Christmas 2004”. This is not true. The motorcycle broke down far more recently and in fact motorcycle driving tests were conducted on the 4 and 5 January 2005.

The Opposition further states that there has been an ‘inordinate delay in the Department receiving the authority by Government to proceed with this expenditure (to repair the motorcycle). This is also not true and there has been no such delay, inordinate or otherwise. The repairs needed – which are fairly extensive and require the importation of spare parts – are presently being undertaken. In the meantime, however, alternative arrangements have been put into place so that motorcycle driving tests can be carried out while those repairs are completed, thereby ensuring that the inconvenience to the general public has been minimised as much as practicable.


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