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The driving test backlog to be cleared ‘within next few months’, minister hopes

The driving test backlog will hopefully be cleared “within the next few months” according to ministers following pleas for urgent action from MPs representing rural areas. Richard Holden, transport minister, said waiting lists for driving tests are reducing “rapidly” and he pointed to 300,000 new practical test slots. However, Conservative MP Greg Smith stated that …

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DVSA’s top 10 mistakes people make when failing their driving test

The DVSA have revealed the most common reasons learners have failed their driving tests. Instructors received these communications during the backlog caused by the pandemic in the hope that these common reasons were focused on during tuition and refresher sessions, with many having been out of practice due to lockdown. DVSA is hoping that many …

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‘Hero’ dad drives son 470 miles to his driving test that’s then cancelled

A man has been hailed as an “amazing dad” for going to desperate lengths to help his son take his driving test. Paul Miller, from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, set out to drive to Gairloch, a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands, a trip that’s 470 miles from his home. He was eager to see his …

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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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