Valencia's Director General de Trafico yesterday announced that all residents appearing on the Padrona in Campello wiil be required to retake their driving test. The revoking of licences will be carried out on an alphabetical basis, so as not to swamp the Driving Test Centres.
"It appears that in Campello, people are taking to the streets in motor vehicles with absolutely no knowledge of how to drive, control and particularly, park their cars. We have therefore taken the decision to enforce the retaking of driving tests. This will include all 'extranjeros' on the Padron, no matter what country their licence was issued.
"El Campello residents have been in uproar over the suggestion that they lack basic driving skills and have organised a series of protests. "We Campelleros are rightly proud of our heritage as drivers of quality and courtesy. Who do these people think they are? Our licences were issued to us fair and square, and the insinuation that anything untoward happened in the stringent testing procedures we underwent to obtain our driving licences is absurd.
Campello's only Driving Examiner, who retired in 2007 was last night unavailable for comment as he was on his yacht in The Bahamas. However, his butler read a prepared statement to The Campello Trumper through the gates of his Estate, in which Don Filipé wished the protesters well, and strenuously refuted any accusations that he had accepted any form of financial encouragement or inducement to pass student drivers.
The first meeting, called in order to organise a co-ordinated response to the DGV was held in the town centre last night.