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24 November 2015 Legionnaire's disease discovery brings driving test centre to an emergency stop

posted 25 Nov 2015, 04:38 by Ian Clarenbone

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency test centre in Gillingham has been shut down until further notice after the deadly Legionnaires’ disease was found on the site. The centre will only reopen once the site has been given the all-clear from Legionella.

Bosses at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency test centre in Gillingham, Kent, said learners due to take their tests on Monday were re-directed to another nearby test centre.

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal lung infection caused by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.

Phil Lloyd, head of operations at the DVSA, said: “Gillingham driving test centre was closed as a precaution, after a positive result for Legionnaires’ disease was found following a routine water test.

“Any candidate who was unable to take their test due to this incident will be offered another test, at no cost to themselves.”