Bailiffs lock Chelmsford test centre

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Chelmsford learners were locked out of their test centre on Wednesday (17.02.2016) after bailiffs apparently closed the doors on Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) staff.  

Test candidates in Chelmsford have been forced to move test venues after bailiffs reportedly closed the gates to the centre at the Widford industrial estate.

DVSA staff were not able to enter the site and the circumstances why remain unclear according to an Essex Chronicle report. 

Some practical tests were still carried in Chelmsford before tests were moved to Basildon for the rest of the week at least and it is unclear how tests will be affected going forward. 

DVSA director of operations Kevin Kidman told the Chronicle: "DVSA has put contingency plans in place to ensure that tests go ahead. Car practical tests will be conducted from Chelmsford today and then from Basildon test centre for the rest of the week. Lorry tests will be transferred to Enfield and Ipswich. DVSA will contact candidates directly to advise them on the arrangements. 

"We are investigating the situation with Chelmsford test centre as a matter of urgency." 


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