MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, Douglas Chapman, is urging local people to sign a petition to urge the UK Government to secure the long-term future of a driving test centre in Dunfermline.

The petition is geared to ensuring that a driving test centre for the Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area stays in West Fife.

The petition is a House of Commons one so needs to be signed in person, it cannot be signed online and names need to be aboard it by Friday night.

It has been place in the Vine Centre - where current measures are in place to deliver the service - and can be signed by anyone.

Mr Chapman, the MP for Crossgates, Hill of Beath and Moss-side, feels it is very important that the people of the West Central Fife area can be confident of sitting their test in communities they know rather than in the Kirkcaldy area.

It comes after promises made by the DVSA have been broken, with the body telling instructors the service in the Vine Centre would run three days a week, with three examiners, but that has not, so far, been delivered.

The petition will be in the Vine Centre, Garvock Hill, Dunfermline, until July 19. Commenting, Mr. Chapman said: “The petition I have placed in the Vine Centre is a chance for driving instructors, parents, learner drivers and examiners to have their voice heard, as up to this point they have been ignored.

“Lodging a petition with a number of signatures on it will be our opportunity to send a message to the UK government that we need reassurances about the future of the centre.

“There are jobs and lives at risk here and the lack of answers we have had from the DVSA and the Government means that uncertainty has only been compounded.

“We need a driving test centre in Dunfermline to serve the West-Central Fife area and it’s time for the Government to recognise that - so lets send a strong message to Westminster that the long-term future of the driving test centre in Dunfermline needs to be secured.”