Gretzky urges Ford to open temporary Drive Test Centre in Windsor

The DriveTest Centre on Dougall Avenue in Windsor (Photo courtesy of google.com/maps)

Saying there’s a backlog of drivers trying to book a driving test, Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky is calling on the Ontario government to open a temporary DriveTest centre in the city.

“I have spoken to many constituents in my riding that have been unable to book a road test in Windsor due to the extreme backlog of appointments,” wrote Gretzky in a letter to Premier Doug Ford. “Some are reporting that they are not able to get a scheduled appointment until 2023.”

There are temporary DriveTest centres in several cities across Ontario to lessen the backlog caused by the pandemic. There are ten, but the closest to home is in Burlington and Guelph, three hours away.

“It is unacceptable that people in my riding have to wait even longer for their driving tests after already waiting over a year while DriveTest centres were closed due to the pandemic,” she wrote. “It is equally unacceptable that Windsor-Essex residents are expected to travel hours to another DriveTest location.”

Gretzky continued that workers have called her office scared they will lose their jobs without a license.

She said the government has had over a year to come up with a plan to clear the backlog of appointments.

The letter is dated October 22.