Driving Test waiting times

Learners in four-month wait for driving test: DVSA ‘struggling to cope’ with recent budget cuts

  • Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said more people were taking tests
  • It blamed the lengthy waits on economic upturn and examiners retiring
  • Learners in Milton Keynes, Norwich and Basingstoke face 18-week wait


Learner drivers are facing a wait of more than four months to take their tests because of a rush of applicants who couldn’t afford lessons during the credit-crunch years.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the Government body responsible for managing driving tests, is also struggling to cope with the impact of recent budget cuts, according to the Automobile Association.

‘We are seeing lots of posts on social media from frustrated pupils who want to get on with their working lives and want to experience the freedom of the road, but are being held back by the DVSA’s failure to cope with demand,’ an AA spokesman said. ‘Our concern is the DVSA have been caught out by the arguably predictable sudden surge in pupil numbers.’

Source “Mail online”


Our Recommendations:

  • Apply for your theory test before or at the start of your lessons.
  • Put plenty of work into studying the theory to help you pass first time.
  • Speak to your driving instructor about planning and booking your lessons in advance.
  • Pre-book a driving test with the agreement of your driving instructor.
  • Make sure you don’t miss any lessons
  • Listen to your instructors advice, if they think you need to top up your lessons before the test, then do it.
  • If study material is made available between lessons, use it.

Planning ahead will give you a definite goal, and cut down on the cost of learning

Preparing for your first driving lesson

Your first driving lesson is fast approaching and you want to be as prepared as you can be for this pivotal moment in your life.

Before you begin, the most important thing is to acquire a provisional license which can be bought on the gov.uk website.

Below, you can find tips that will be sure to help you prepare for your first driving lesson, without the nerves!


There is the recommendation to those who have never driven before to take a lap or two around an empty car park, for a confidence boost. However, ensure you are insured and have a set of L plates and are accompanied by an experienced, qualified driver.


One of the best things to do prior to your first lesson is to get a good night’s rest – you will be much more comfortable with a good night’s sleep under your belt.

Eat well

Don’t put off eating because of nerve, a rumbling stomach will prove to be extremely distracting.

Dress comfortably

Dress comfortably for your first driving lesson, wearing loose fitting clothes and sensible shoes, meaning no heels, platforms, or flips flops.

Remember to visit our website to book driving lessons if you’re in the Hull area!