Why Learning to Drive at the Age of 17 is Better

It’s quite normal now for the younger generation to learn to drive as soon as they can. It is actually a really good idea. So, if you are 17, or are wanting to get someone driving lessons, here are some reasons why learning to drive when your younger, is easier. It has been found in…

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Driving Test Changes You Need to Know About

If you didn’t know already, the UK driving test is changing from the 4th December 2017 (not a very nice Christmas present, is it?). We are updating you with the most recent changes made by the DVSA. It was released on the 13th September 2017, that there would be revised changes to the ‘Show me’…

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Why Do Driving Tests Get Cancelled?

Why Do Driving Tests Get Cancelled?


For all those unlucky people that have experienced cancelled driving tests by the Driving Standards & Vehicle Agency (DVSA), it’s a major disappointment especially if the wait for a replacement test is months ahead.

Tests are generally cancelled due to a shortage of examiners at your local test centre because of illness, holidays and just recently the examiners strike.

In some circumstances you could have had your test warm up lesson and arrive at the test centre only to find that there isn’t an examiner to take you out on test and your test is cancelled.

In this situation a test is re-booked for you by the DVSA which again could be months ahead, and because all test bookings are an agreement between the customer and the DVSA there’s nothing a driving instructor can do about it.

If you are attending a driving test please make sure you have given your driving instructor the correct day, time and test centre, and that you have the correct documentation with you on the day.





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

Booking driving tests is off line this weekend

This weekend some of DVSA’s online services for driver and rider trainers won’t be available because of planned maintenance.

You won’t be able to use the following services from 9:00am Saturday (28 March) until mid afternoon on Sunday (29 March):

book and manage your practical driving test
DVSA practical test business service
ADI online services (eg. renew or update your registration)
record Driver CPC training you provide
check your Driver CPC periodic training hours
upload delegated examiner records
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Online theory tests

The onlilne theory test booking service won’t be affected. You and your trainees will still be able to book and manage your theory tests as usual.