The great traffic jam in the test drive! Learner drivers have to wait more than FOUR MONTHS for a skill test as a large queue forms
- Around 420,000 people have booked a test for the coming months
- There was a big backlog after the tests were canceled due to the pandemic
- Many have complained online that they have been canceled multiple times
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The average waiting time for a driving test is a whopping 17 weeks as a backlog of learner drivers tries to book their test after the pandemic canceled all tests, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has warned.
The demand is so high that 420,000 practical car tests have already been booked. This is money to be shown.
Typically, when you book one today you will have to wait until the end of July to get a hands-on test. Before the pandemic, tests were typically available within two weeks.
Both the driving tests and the lessons have been suspended for months due to blocking. Anyone who manages to pack a test has to do it with a face mask.
The average waiting time for a driving test is currently 17 weeks, thanks to a Covid-19 residue
The four month wait for a test will be frustrating for many potential motorists who have already waited months for the lock to be lifted so they can continue their lessons and book a test.
Before the pandemic, 95 percent of candidates were offered a test and their chosen center within two weeks of their preferred date, showing a huge increase in waiting times.
Classes are now slated to resume on April 12th, while tests can begin on April 22nd if restrictions are relaxed.
The DVSA said if a candidate fails their driving test, they will have to choose a new date in at least 10 working days. It is not clear how long they will have to wait to do their test again.
Not only did many have trouble getting an appointment, however, but others also said their tests had been rescheduled and canceled several times.
Others struggled with their provisional license expiring by the time their test was due to take place.
The DVSA has said that if this is the case, it will not be extended and learners will have to resign.
This isn’t the first time demand has spiked as over 200,000 learners were in an online queue last year trying to book their tests.
Unfortunately, the system had already failed days earlier due to the high level of interest, which further annoyed the learners.
Many have since complained on social media about waiting for their driving tests.
This Twitter user said her driving test was canceled but not postponed
Another user said her test has been postponed several times and is now in August
A learner driver said her new test date was in 5 months, much further than expected
One user said it was a full year since the original driving test was due to take place
Those taking their driving test will now have to face new safety measures, including wearing a face covering for the duration.
Another important change is that learners who make a serious or dangerous mistake, meaning they have failed, will be directed by their driving examiner back to the driving test center where the exam ends.
In normal times, the test would continue normally. However, the DVSA said the change is to minimize the time it takes to be in the vehicle.
Learners who come to a test center for their exam without a face mask may also have their test canceled unless they have already stated that they cannot wear coverage for a physical or mental illness that could cause problems .
Candidates must also ensure that they stop any test if they have come into contact with someone who has Covid-19, has symptoms of the virus, or tests positive.