DVSA is launching a national recruitment campaign for new driving examiners.
These are posts based in England, Scotland and Wales.
The closing date for applications is 1 March 2021 at midnight.
This campaign has been launched to try and help DVSA clear the backlog of driving tests caused by the pandemic.
As well as this, to help increase the number of available tests, DVSA is:
- Offering more tests outside of normal working hours, including weekend and bank holidays
- Ensuring all DVSA staff who are qualified to perform driving tests are doing so, such as senior managers and policy staff.
DVSA has also asked for support from ADIs during this time. It says: “Driving tests will continue to be in high demand as a result of the pandemic and the suspension of testing. It will take time to get our services back to normal. We thank you and your pupils for your understanding, support and patience.
“We have rearranged tests for all candidates who have been affected by the current restrictions to the first available date. If the new time and date is not suitable, you can change the test time and date at: https://www.gov.uk/change-driving-test
“It is vital that your pupils are test-ready when rearranging their tests, as tests could be at short notice.
“On average, fewer than 50% of learners pass their driving test and there could be long waiting times for a retest – your pupils should take their test only when they are confident they can pass.”