DVSA CEO writes to ADIs

Loveday Ryder's letter covers the driving test backlog, safety measures when training and during the driving test and more.

Loveday Ryder, DVSA chief executive, has written to all ADIs. Her letter covers the backlog of driving tests, safety measures and communication. 

She also announced that DVSA is launching a survey to find out more about the demand you’re facing for lessons. 

The survey is anonymous. You need to fill it in by 11:59pm on 25 June. Click here for the survey.

Loveday Ryder said: “I’m really pleased that driving lessons and tests have now restarted in England, Scotland and Wales.

“Now that driver testing has restarted, the hard work of reducing the backlog as quickly and safely as possible begins.

“We know how many theory tests and driving tests are booked. And we’re seeing a large increase in people buying our learning materials.

“We regularly talk with the driving instructors’ National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP). They’ve told us that many of you are seeing an increase in calls from prospective pupils asking for lessons. And the Department for Transport (DfT) has recently published their travel behaviour, attitudes and social impact of COVID-19 research.

“It shows in addition to those who were already wanting to drive, many other people now feel uncomfortable about travelling on public transport.

“The road ahead is challenging for us all. But by working together, we can help to reduce the backlog, help your industry recover and help people stay safe on Britain’s roads.

“I’ll write to you again when we can share our strategy for reducing driving test waiting times and explain how you can get involved and give us feedback.”

Click here to read the full letter.

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