Unlucky learner fails her driving test after parked vans ‘block traffic lights’

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Driving instructor Gareth Wilson, 40, from Hull, said he was “gutted” when one of his students failed her test because she was unable to see the traffic lights due to parked vans

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A woman failed her driving test due to a group of “inconsiderate” shoddy parking of vans, her instructor claims.

Driving instructor Gareth Wilson, 40, was “gutted” for his student who was automatically failed when she ran a red light in Stoneferry Corridor, Hull, during her October test.

The unlucky learner told him she spotted the lights late because vans were blocking her view.

Gareth reviewed dashcam footage of the test and says he agrees with her, Hull Live reports.

He said: “When she told me she’d gone through a red light I was a bit surprised but I thought it was fair for her to fail, when I saw the footage and how the vans were parked I was upset for her though.

“The vans were completely blocking the view of the lights, I couldn’t believe how they were parked to be honest.

“Even an experienced driver would have struggled to slow down in time for that red light I think but for a learner with all the nerves and focusing on the test it was impossible.

Instructor Gareth Wilson, 40, said the vans completely blocked his student’s view

“The examiner was even apologetic, I don’t blame them there are rules and if you go through a red that is an automatic fail.

“I was just absolutely gutted for her, it has knocked her confidence and now she’ll have to wait for another test and pay for it too.”

The woman will have to wait three months before she can have another attempt at passing her test, possibly even longer as there is a well documented backlog of learners waiting after Covid-19 delays.

As well being unable to get her driving license, she is also faced with the financial penalty of having to fork out £250 for another test and the cost of refresher lessons until the test day itself.

Gareth said he believes the contractors parking was dangerous for anyone using the road – never mind a learner driver.

The instructor says his students are becoming more anxious and they want to repeatedly practice areas with roadworks on testing routes.

A driving instructor feels sorry for his student after she failed her test

Gareth said: “I did contact to council straight away with the video to show them what had happened, I didn’t get a response but there haven’t been vans parked on the central reservation since.

“I’m taking that as something as a victory and makes it a bit safer but it doesn’t help my student who now has to wait until next year before she can have another go at taking the test.

“I feel sorry for learner drivers around the city at the moment, it is difficult for everyone but especially for them with all the works.”

He says the markings have been “changed back and forth” several times.

He added: “It isn’t easy for anyone on the roads at the moment but spare a thought for all the learners who are having to deal with this too, it’s pretty horrible.”

Hull City Council were approached but said they would not comment on a decision made by an independent examiner.

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