‘Dirty seat’ driver cleans up on full drivers licence test


Letticia Pevy has her hands on her full drivers licence after her first attempted was fouled by a dirty passengers seat.

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Letticia Pevy has her hands on her full drivers licence after her first attempted was fouled by a dirty passengers seat.

There was no dirty seat to prevent Letticia Pevy from finally getting her full drivers licence this week.

The 38-year-old Hamilton woman failed her first attempt of getting her full drivers licence on August 26 when the testing officer at VTNZ Frankton deemed her passenger seat too dirty to conduct the test.

A re-sit was offered and Pevy who had held her restricted for the past 16-years accepted, taking the test at Te Awamutu this week.

“I was really glad I didn’t have to go back to that VTNZ, it was good I could go to Te Awamutu. And honestly they were so nice, they were full of smiles and it was a much more pleasant atmosphere, even when we were waiting.”

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The mother of five used the same car, her Mazda MPV, to do the test again.

“I did actually get it cleaned though, because I wasn’t going to take any chances. Although I still don’t think it was messy enough to warrant it being called a Health and Safety hazard, I thought I better get a good clean to be safe rather than sorry.”

The VTNZ Frankton testing officer cited the seat a Covid-19 risk. Yet the officer himself wasn’t wearing any PPE gear.

Pevy said her Te Awamutu testing officer was wearing a mask and offered her one, but she declined as they often fog up her glasses. She said she normally wears one when she’s out and about.

The seat of the Mazda MPV which saw Letticia Pevy fail her full drivers licence at Frankton VTNZ last month

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The seat of the Mazda MPV which saw Letticia Pevy fail her full drivers licence at Frankton VTNZ last month

Media outlets from Australia, the UK and Hong Kong all reported on Pevy’s dilemma, which she admits added a bit of pressure.

“I was still a bit nervous because I knew people would be asking how it went. But it was good I passed with no errors or anything.”

And she’s so relieved to have the slip of paper confirming it.

“It does feel good, I don’t really know why I put it off for so long.”