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Advising pupils left with no trainer to support their driving test

Advising pupils left with no trainer to support their driving test

The Driving Instructors Association’s (DIA) members have stated that they are being approached by pupils who find themselves without a trainer to accompany them to test, in part due to the ongoing situation with driving test availability and the high demand for trainers. Accessing instructors, when pupils are left without a trainer as they move …

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Banned before passing a driving test? This could be a reality for learner drivers

Banned before passing a driving test? This could be a reality for learner drivers

Learner drivers may face a ban from the roads before even passing their test if they do not follow important rules, as figures show 76,000 learners have points on their provisional licences. Of these, 61 per cent already have between six and 10 points. 33,000 drivers were hit with points over driving without insurance, while …

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'Grey market' created for driving tests due to DVSA backlog

‘Grey market’ created for driving tests due to DVSA backlog

Learner drivers are forking out hundreds of pounds for driving test slots in an effort to get around long delays caused by the Covid log-jam. In cities such as London, Cardiff and Birmingham, there’s currently a six-month wait for driving tests, at least when booking individually via the official system run by the Driver and …

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Driving instructor branded ‘selfish’ for selling test sots five times the price

A driving instructor has come under fire due to advertising last minute test slots for up to five times the price for learners wanting to beat the six month waiting list. For making money from desperate learners who are suffering from the ongoing backlog caused by the pandemic, the instructor has been branded “selfish”. However …

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A 28-day wait before learners can re-book tests could be coming

If new measures are introduced then learner drivers may have to wait longer to re-book their practical driving test after failing. Part of the changes to the test that the DVSA is proposing is aiming to discourage learners from booking their test before they’re ready. 53 per cent of learner drivers failed their first practical …

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Post-test jitters: young driver confidence in 2021

Post-test jitters: young driver confidence in 2021

Driving can be a nerve-wracking experience for young people in the UK, especially once they’ve passed their test and started driving solo. It’s easy to fret about adverse weather, unfamiliar roads, and having to abide by the Highway Code. Periods of isolation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic can also knock a driver’s confidence. Adrian Flux …

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The rules of the road give drivers a 'struggle' as a Highway Code change approaches

The rules of the road give drivers a ‘struggle’ as a Highway Code change approaches

In early 2022, changes are expected to be made to the Highway Code which will introduce a ‘hierarchy of road users’, with more vulnerable users such as pedestrians and cyclists prioritised. The move, which is part of a £338 million Government package to further boost active travel across the UK, comes as research carried out …

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