Restricted driver licensing tests have been booked out at all
of Otago's venues, with learner drivers rushing to complete
their practical assessment before the introduction of tougher
criteria later this month.
The introduction of tougher practical driving tests for
restricted licences in a bid to improve road safety for young
novices behind the wheel has produced its first casualties -
Mosgiel and Wanaka have been dropped as test venues.
A plea to prioritise a planned Kawarau Falls replacement
bridge at Queenstown's State Highway 6 southern gateway
appears to have fallen on deaf ears and the project has been
ranked behind a replacement crossing for the 123-year-old
Beaumont Bridge on SH8.