NI driving instructors say they have been ‘forgotten’

Driving instructors in Northern Ireland say their industry has been “forgotten” after the introduction of new Covid-19 restrictions.

They learned on Friday that they must stop offering lessons and that driving tests have been suspended.

The chairman of NI Approved Instructor Council (NIAIC), Gavin Sinclair, has written to infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon.

He said about 1,200 instructors were “wondering how they are now going to pay bills”.

Mr Sinclair told BBC News NI that “the industry has asked for several meetings with Ms Mallon and we have been repeatedly ignored”.

He added that driver training had been thrown into “complete chaos” and that instructors received “zero notice”.

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