Driving tests was suspended due to Covid limitations since last 2 years, but restart in UK recently.
The Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says there are at present 420,000 driving practical tests booked in its system, with the nationwide average waiting time for a driving test now up to 20 weeks from registration of driving test. This will be different by area, though, with some test centers experiencing high demand than others.
There are 3 major reasons for this: less tests than usual have taken place because of limitations and other factors related to the COVID pandemic. Driving test learner who are not yet prepared to take their test have hear that waiting times are high, causing them to book in advance than they usually would.
Driving tests in England were suspended during the first national lockdown in March 2020. Lessons resumed on 4 July, with practical tests following suit on 22 July. A similar gap has been employed this time round, allowing learners to brush up on their skills before taking their practical test. Having been suspended during the second and third lockdowns, driving lessons resumed on 12 April, and practical tests restart on 22 April.
Learner drivers took 809,509 practical tests in lockdown-hit 2020, with an average pass rate of 51 per cent. By comparison, 2019 saw 1,625,579 practical tests taken, with an average pass rate of 46 per cent. The average male pass rate in 2020 was 54 per cent, while for females it was 51 per cent.
A spokesperson for the DVSA said the organisation would “increase the number of driving and theory tests available through extended operating hours and prioritising practical driving tests”. They added: “A recruitment campaign is also under way to increase the number of driving examiners.”
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