Driving test bookings see a ‘huge surge’ as DVSA make up to 20,000 extra tests available

Driving test bookings see a ‘huge surge’ as DVSA make up to 20,000 extra tests available


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Experts at Bill Plant Driving School have warned there are “literally thousands” of learners desperate to take their tests after suffering countless delays. They have also revealed there has been a “rush of people” enquiring about driving lessons as young people are desperate to regain their freedoms.

Peter Brabin, Head of Training at Bill Plant Driving School said it was important firms could handle the “increase in demand” to ensure everyone could get behind the wheel.

He said: “We have literally thousands of learner drivers itching for the opportunity to take their tests, with them having been repeatedly pushed back due to the pandemic.

“All of our instructors are busy teaching and prepping their pupils for these upcoming examinations.

“With the huge surge in people trying to get booked in to take a test, there has also been a rush of people getting in touch asking for lessons.

“We can see just how vital it is for the driving industry to be fully prepared for the increase in demand it’s going to be experiencing from now on.”

Last week, the DVSA confirmed more driving tests would be made available to desperate learners.

They revealed driving examiners would be returning to carrying up to seven tests each day which would ensure capacity was boosted by between 15,000 and 20,000 tests per month.

The DVSA has also re-introduced the short notice cancellation fee which should stop learners not turning up for tests, freeing the slot for other candidates.

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However, in a letter to driving instructors, the DVSA confirmed they had seen a “large increase” in demand.

The Department for Transport also shows more people are considering driving as many do not feel comfortable using public transport.

Ian McIntosh, CEO of Red Driving School has backed the latest announcement which they claim will help tackle the backlog.

They warn many young people have been forced to wait “several weeks” with some unable to book tests for up to four months.

He said: “By increasing the number of practical tests examiners can take each day, the DVSA is proactively helping to tackle the growing backlog caused by the pandemic.

“This is hugely positive for learner drivers who have found it incredibly difficult to find available appointments.

“Some of our customers have had to wait several weeks before being able to book a test.

“The DVSA last month reported that learner drivers would endure an average wait time of 16 weeks to book a practical test.

“This has caused a huge amount of stress and uncertainty for our learners and instructors.”

Mr Brabin from Bill Plant Driving School added: “Since tests were able to resume back in April, Bill Plant Driving School has been doing everything it can to ensure that both our pupils and our instructors are being as safe as possible in order to accommodate all learners to the highest standards possible.

“We have made absolutely sure that we are taking every precautionary measure in order for us to continue to move forwards after such a long 12 months of carrying out stop-start lessons.”

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