Driving tests also hit by snow fall

Learner drivers hoping to get their ‘R’ plates in the coming days may well face delays due to the ongoing poor weather conditions.

As ice and snow hit the North West, the test centre in Derry has been forced to rearrange some tests. However the DOE has been at pains to point out that tests are still being held and that conditions are being monitored on an ongoing basis.

They dismissed rumours that there has been a blanket ban on all tests taking place out of the Waterside test centre, adding that tests had taken place on Friday.

A spokesperson for the DOE yesterday said: “The Met Office has forecast colder weather with snow showers becoming increasingly likely.

“As a result some driving tests may be affected by severe winter weather conditions over the next few days.

“If there is snow or ice in your local area on the day of your practical driving test, you should contact the test centre at which your test is scheduled to take place .”

The spokesperson added: “In the event that your driving test is cancelled, another appointment will be arranged automatically at no further cost, but compensation is not payable.

“You will be contacted with a new appointment date as soon as possible. If you have not heard about a new appointment within five working days, please contact your test centre.”