Learner driver failed test after worker blocked red light with their truck

A LEARNER driver failed her driving test after workers blocked a red light with their truck.

Coach Gareth Wilson said he was “deeply sorry” for his student, who couldn’t see the lights until it was too late to stop.

A truck blocked a driving practitioner's view of some traffic lights


A truck blocked a driving practitioner’s view of some traffic lightsCredit: HullLive
The woman who ran a red light caused her to fail the test


The woman who ran a red light caused her to fail the testCredit: HullLive

She told him that the car blocked her view of the central reserve, meaning she drove straight through it.

Although running a red light is a valid reason to fail, Gareth said he reviewed dashcam footage of the test in Hull, East Yorkshire and confirmed the woman was right.

The 40-year-old told HullLive: “When she told me she had run a red light, I was a bit surprised but I think it’s fair for her to fail.

“When I watched the footage and how the trucks were parked, I was very sad for her.

“The trucks were completely blocking the view of the lights, I couldn’t believe how honest they were parked.

“I think even an experienced driver should try to slow down in time for that red light, but for someone learning to drive with all their nerves and focus on the test, that’s not the case. body.

“The examiner even apologized. I don’t blame them, there are rules and if you pass red it’s an automatic error.

“I’m really devoted to her. It has knocked her confidence and now she will have to wait for another test and pay for it.”

The woman has to wait three months before she can try again – and she will have to shell out another £250 for it, as well as some refresher lessons.

Gareth said he feels sorry for other learners who have lessons and tests in the Hull area – especially near Stoneferry traffic lights – as they may also face similar problems due to all road jobs.

After the results were in, he immediately contacted the council to warn of the problem that hundreds of potential drivers could face.

“I didn’t get a response, but since then there have been no trucks parked at the central reservation,” he said.

“I take it as something of a win to make it a little bit safer, but it doesn’t help my students, who now have to wait until next year to take another test. .

“I feel sorry for those who learn to drive around the city today, everyone is difficult, but especially those who have worked hard.

“It’s not easy for anyone on the road at the moment but give a thought to all learners who are facing this, it’s pretty horrible.”

The Sun Online has approached Hull City Council for comment.

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