Why are Driving test waiting times so long?
Unfortunately booking a driving test for a few weeks times isn’t an option available to people at many UK driving test centres, and some driving test centres have huge waiting times of over 16 weeks to book a #drivingtest.
This causes problems for #drivinginstructors deciding when to book a test for their students.
Why? Because some students want to learn in just a few short weeks on intensive driving courses, and they still have to wait weeks for an available test date.
Contrary to peoples perception intensive driving courses don’t short cut the waiting times of a driving test. However in many cases it means a long wait before you start your #intensivecourse. Generally an intensive course finishes with a driving test, and a driving test can only be booked using a students licence details. As an example if the waiting times in your local area is 16 weeks this means after booking the test a two week intensive course would start in 14 weeks time.
To help reduce the waiting times for test the DVSA (Driving Vehicle Standards Agency) are recruiting and training more examiners, as well as monitoring staff levels to make sure they deploy the right number of examiners to each test centre location.
The DVSA will also be trialling summer hours, and will be offering tests during evenings and weekends at some test centres between now and October.
These changes will help reduce the waiting times but in some busy towns and cities it might not make a massive difference.
One of the things that contributes to the driving test waiting times are re-tests. This is people visiting the test centre more than once.
An it will surprise you to know that between April 2015 and March 2016, the DVSA had to cancel 2,892 car driving tests because the candidate didn’t bring the right documents, the car wasn’t suitable, or it didn’t have L plates fitted.
A further 2,201 car tests couldn’t go ahead because the candidate arrived late.
Don’t let this happen to you…
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