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What the DVSA are doing to answer more of your calls

Gateshead test centre refurbishment

Gateshead driving test centre is being refurbished from Monday 17 October 2022 until Sunday 6 November 2022. Driving tests During the refurbishment, all practical car driving tests will instead take place at Gosforth driving test centre. The address for the test centre is: Sandy LaneGosforthNE3 5HB View on a map. Driving tests will recommence from the Gateshead test centre on Monday 7 November. We have written to affected driving test candidates, but please do remind them nearer …

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Tell the DVSA about the demand for driving lessons and other challenges you are facing

The DVSA has launched a survey to tell them about the changing needs of your business and pupils. This survey includes questions from the previous ADI demand surveys which help us to forecast the demand for tests and has been widened to find out how the current economic situation is affecting your business. How to …

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Share your views about using the booking service and how it could be improved

On the 27 September DVSA launched a survey for businesses who use the driving test booking service. It’s an opportunity for you to tell them: how you use the system what works well how it could be improved The survey is open until midnight on 10 October. It should only take 5 minutes of your …

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New print version of The Highway Code is available to buy

Updated to include recent changes The new printed version of The Highway Code is available in shops and online. You can also buy the new printed version from the DIA at –  https://www.driving.org/product/the-official-highway-code/ The new print version includes the recent changes to the Highway Code including:  self-driving vehicles hand-held mobile rules change changes to sentencing for driving …

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What is the DVSA doing to tackle third-party booking sites and bots

Over the last few months, the DVSA introduced a number of measures to help learner drivers from being exploited by people and companies selling them driving tests at a profit. In the blog post below, Lianne Parkinson, Head of Driver Policy, tells us more about: the measures the DVSA have put in place to tackle …

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DVSA suspends practical and theory tests on 19th September in respect of the Queen’s funeral

DVSA are suspending all but their most essential services on 19 September due to the Bank Holiday and State Funeral, allowing individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty. You need to let your pupils know that their car (or motorcycle test) on 19 September 2022 will not take place. If you …

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DVSA urges trainers to ensure pupils really are ready for test

Last week DVSA launched the ‘Ready to Pass?’ campaign to improve learner drivers’ understanding of what it means to be test ready. Now, whilst the true professionals reading this, who never takes a pupil to test who isn’t ready for the responsibility of full licensure and independent driving, may see the initiative as a little bit of teaching Grandma …

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