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#26 06-08-12 08:08:14

robcooling
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Re: Whats your opinions on Halfords To Start Offering Driving Tests

In my experience Halford's cant be trusted to run a car spares shop let alone partnership a test centre. I bought a CD/radio from them which included free fitting. I turned up to find a spotty teenager just putting the dash back together. On closer inspection it looked like he had removed it with a can opener!! After a lot of complaining and letter writing from me they ended up having fit a new dashboard. Never again!!!

I had a similar experience, the guy didn't have a clue!

I have no problem with the new direction we're heading in with these new 'test centres' - give it a few years and we'll all be used to it.


Rob

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#27 06-08-12 11:30:29

Zipper
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Re: Whats your opinions on Halfords To Start Offering Driving Tests

MGM wrote:

... and/or a few magazines, which I have never seen a candidate read.

Hi MGM.
That's probably because they have the door closed while reading?  tongue

kodama wrote:

I don't like the unknown quantity of a public car park.  Cars driving in random directions across the parking spaces.  People running around all over the place.  Other drivers in a rush and potentially putting students on test under even more pressure.  What happens if there are no parking spaces? ...

Hi kodama.
You effectively described the situation we have down here in Darwin, Northern Territory.
Because of our tiny population base we don't have dedicated test centres, the examiners work from Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) offices and often work as general counter staff between tests (time better served if they were allowed to rest, have a coffee, change their undies etc).

Two of the MVRs are in shopping precincts with public car parks which are chaotic - tiny, badly designed, over crowded ... a nightmare for a nervous test candidate even on "quiet" days.
The local McDonalds are used to test candidates rushing in & out to use the rest rooms without buying anything.
It's nerve-wracking for the instructors to watch the candidate attempt to reverse out of the bay park into sheer hell.


Zipper ("G'Day Mate!")
I'm not 65! I'm only $59.95+tax
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#28 23-11-12 18:08:04

PAULUKWEB
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Re: Whats your opinions on Halfords To Start Offering Driving Tests

BRING IT ON SOONER THE BETTER AT LEAST I HAVE A HALFORDS NEAR ME TO SAVE TRAVELLING 15 MILES TO NEAREST TC

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#29 23-11-12 18:43:40

Andrew lefthandseat
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Re: Whats your opinions on Halfords To Start Offering Driving Tests

My regular test centre is a scruffy disgrace and there are no toilets. If a private company wants to provide more civilised surroundings and facilities, I'd definitely go there. I would just like to add that all the examiners at the DSA Test Centre I usually go to are all friendly, knowledgeable and good-looking.

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#30 23-11-12 18:49:32

Daveyboy
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Re: Whats your opinions on Halfords To Start Offering Driving Tests

At the ADI National Associations meeting with the DSA in November this topic was mentioned.

DSA stated that Halfords were providing the facilities free as were the other potential sites.

Will the test fees be reduced, no chance.

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#31 24-11-12 11:09:31

robcooling
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Re: Whats your opinions on Halfords To Start Offering Driving Tests

Our test centre is in the process of closing and being re-opened at a different location. Personally I would have been quite happy with no test centre and just using the local Halfords. Especially because there's a burger bar there...  big_smile


Rob

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#32 24-11-12 21:33:32

graham121150
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Re: Whats your opinions on Halfords To Start Offering Driving Tests

Yes rob the new test centre will only be a stones throw from where the old one, which closed down nearly twenty years ago. And it had a car park.

Graham

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