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At least 500,000 learners are waiting for their driving test in the United Kingdom

At least 500,000 learners are waiting for their driving test in the United Kingdom.

In May 2021 there was a backlog of 496,124, but by May this year that had grown to 530,387.

It means the average waiting time for a test slot is 14 weeks, although there are reports of learners waiting up to six months in some areas.




There are also delays to tests, exams for trainee driving instructors have also stalled.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) data shows there were 438 trainees with no test date and waiting times were 24 weeks in some areas.

The DVSA says it is tackling the high demand by “recruiting an additional 300 examiners, conducting out of hours testing such as at weekends and on public holidays and asking qualified staff that no longer work as driving examiners to conduct tests”.



“Following the suspension and further disruption of driver testing over much of the Covid pandemic, we are doing all we can to provide learners with as many practical driving tests as possible and bring average waiting times down to less than 10 weeks by the end of the year,” a spokeswoman says.