A Winslow learner driver is nervous about having to take her licence test in Werribee.
Sophia Lemke, 18, has been granted an exemption to apply for her licence during the coronavirus restrictions because her mother is a health worker, but was told the closest place she could sit the test was Werribee.
"I'm stressed about it," she said.
"I will be driving a manual car I've never driven before - and that can be tough - on roads I've never driven on before."
Ms Lemke said she needed her licence to be able to drive to Wangoom to work for horse trainer Daniel Bowman.
"It doesn't really make sense to have to travel," Ms Lemke said.
"But it's really important for me to get my licence because I'm currently relying on mum to get me to work and back."
Warrnambool driving instructor Glenn Bubb expressed his concerns about students having to travel to Werribee to sit a test earlier this week.
"It doesn't make sense that they have to go from a non-COVID area to a COVID-area to get their licence," Mr Bubb said.
Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said it made no sense that testing was being conducted in Werribee and not Warrnambool.
"I've had one constituent who travelled to Werribee to complete their test under the special consideration system," Ms Britnell said.
"They told me there was absolutely no difference in the vehicle the test was done in - no protective screens, just the instructor wearing a face mask and using sanitizer."
Ms Britnell said she couldn't understand why students were not able to take the test in the south-west.
"Why are young people from regional areas having to travel up to four hours to have a special consideration test that could be done much closer to home?" she said.
"The Services Union have said they have safety concerns for testing staff and are concerned social distancing can't be maintained in a car - but they have failed to explain why they don't have those same concerns for the staff already conducting tests in the city and for driving instructors who are able to give lessons."
She said there had been a two month waiting list for licence tests in the city before the coronavirus restrictions were introduced and she was concerned that would now be much longer.
"There is going to be a huge backlog and it's going to take a long time to get through unless the Andrews Labor Government commits to increasing staffing levels and extending hours," Ms Britnell said.
Comment from the state government has been sought.
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