Fight goes on for Sunshine driving tests

By Tate Papworth

The fight to return driving tests and vehicle checks to Sunshine will continue today.

Peter Thomson has led a series of rallies calling for the services to be brought back and said he hopes the latest rally is well supported.

“This is our first rally for a little while. My health wasn’t up to organising one up until now, but we can only do what we can do,” he said.

“This is the last chance we’ll get before the [state] election to send a message, so we’re hoping for a big turnout.”

The rally will be held outside the VicRoads Sunshine Hub on Clarke Street from noon.

The hub was officially opened this year and the lack of driving tests and vehicle checks, public toilets, and the ability to make cash transactions has been widely criticised by members of the community.

When directly asked if it planned to return driving tests and vehicle checks, VicRoads director of customer services Paul Santamaria highlighted other services.

“The hub at Sunshine offers a more contemporary and efficient experience for customers providing a range of registration and licensing services via self-serve and fast-lane areas, digital kiosks and traditional counter based services “ he said.

“Local customers can continue to pay their registration or driver’s licence renewals in cash at the local Australia Post outlet at Sunshine Marketplace.”