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Three years ago NZTA ceased offering the full range of driver licencing services in Matamata.
The closest available car and motorcycle testing area is in Morrinsville, 30 to 50 minutes’ drive away, depending on where you live.
Young people in the Matamata district are having to wait for months due to infrequent availability, to then sit their full licence test in Morrinsville; an unfamiliar setting.
Some are forced to explore options further away in Tokoroa or Thames; especially those seeking heavy vehicle licences which are not offered in Morrinsville.
As a young person growing up in Matamata, getting my driver licence was the pinnacle to gaining my independence. Matamata is a rural hub, a service town to many surrounding areas, which is thriving and growing.
I cannot believe that the most basic need to be able to obtain a full driver licence cannot be fulfilled. This is unacceptable.
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