South West MLC James Hayward has called on the State Government to urgently address driving test delays in Bunbury which are forcing young people to wait nearly four months to take their licence.
If a driver tried to book an appointment today, the earliest date they could take their test is in September.
In addition, there is a 62 per cent test failure rate, which means many young people are facing delays of up to eight months to get their licence.
“Bunbury is critically understaffed, with only three assessors who can not keep up with demand,” Mr Hayward said.
“There are two assessors in Busselton, and together with the three Bunbury assessors, they are being stretched across the South West, also being called on to service Margaret River, Augusta and Nannup.
“Local families are fed up with endless wait times and the State Government is showing little interest in fixing the problem.”
Mr Hayward said private contractors were being used in Collie and the State Government needed to engage additional contractors to address the long wait times.
“Local parents who have contacted my office have been told there are issues with staff illness and that other resources are being allocated, however the delays continue.
“They have also been told to check cancellations daily, however it is often very difficult for students who work to take time off at such short notice.
“These delays and high failure rates are causing a lot of angst with local families and the State Government needs to urgently address what has become a second rate system.”