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.’
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- 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