Driving test

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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Driving schools call upon full licence holders to help with the driving test backlog

Driving schools call upon full licence holders to help with the driving test backlog

To help clear a backlog of around 420,000 tests, adults with full driving licences are being urged to train as approved driving instructors (ADIs), according to the RAC. The huge waiting list has grown over the past year as the number of people taking their test fell by 73% largely due to pandemic-related cancellations. The …

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Learners earning ‘manual’ driving licences could fall due to electric cars

According to a recent survey from road safety charity IAM Roadsmart, as many as 61% of 17-24 year olds plan to apply for an automatic-only licence. With the incoming 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and a downturn in vehicles with a manual gearbox being sold, the days of traditional …

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