A mum-of-five burst into tears after failing her driving test before it had even begun because her "seat was dirty."
The distraught mum failed her first attempt without even being given a chance to drive.
Letticia Pevy, 38, was given an automatic fail after the examiner deemed her passenger seat a " Covid-19 " risk as it was too dirty.
The New Zealand woman claims she had cleaned the seat before the test, however if she was aware of the consequences she would have taken more care.
She said: “It’s not immaculate but as a busy working mum of five, our family car is often last priorities."
Speaking to 7news, Letticia said she told the examiner: "If it’s because of COVID, I actually have a thing on my phone to say I have had a test recently and it’s negative.
“’There’s no way I pose a risk to you, or my car.
“I have masks and sanitisers. Is there anything I can get that you can sit on?"
The examiner reportedly failed her on the spot as he sat down in her Mazda.
She then received an email explaining she failed for "health and safety reason."
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Letticia says she was a confident driver initially however was "mortified and embarrassed" after the incident.
After finding out she had failed, she "ended up crying in her car for 45 minutes."
The mum-of-five said the examiner was not wearing any protective equipment at the time of the test.
VTNZ, the driving test company had refused to refund Letticia for the $100 booking fee.
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However, the company later apologised and gave her a free res-sit for the test.
They said: “As we continue to move through different COVID-19 alert levels we are following strict health and safety procedures while conducting driver tests,” operations support manager James Law said in a statement to Stuff.
“We regularly update procedures in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines.”
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