APPROXIMATELY 30 per cent of driving schools in Malaga are on the brink of closing.
The ongoing strikes in Malaga province, which began in June due to pay disputes, have caused an average loss of €9,000 per centre.
Waiting times for those wishing for an opportunity to gain their licence have soared as tests are only conducted on two days each week at present, Thursdays and Fridays.
Many centres are now being forced to turn away new students until they are able to decrease their waiting lists.
Cuts have already been made in a number of centres and the prolonged decrease in income carries the threat of closures if the problem is not dealt with soon.
There are 25 driving examiners in Malaga Province, each of whom can invigilate up to three tests per day.
With more than 200 driving schools in the province, queues are only increasing, adding to this is the fact that not everybody passes their test first time.
Centres are now calling on the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) to get involved, making direct appeals for both resolution and compensation.