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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

UK Driving test backlog to be tackled by DVSA

UK driving test

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) hopes to discourage UK learner drivers from booking driving tests before they are actually ready.

The DVSA said it is altering the system to discourage drivers from booking tests before they are ready, which will free up slots for those who are.

Tests were banned over lockdown, with the resulting backlog forcing drivers to wait months before getting the chance to lose their L-plates.

According to the DVSA’s data from February 2023, around 53% of tests are failed, and examiners are having to physically intervene in more than 12% of tests for safety reasons.

The DVSA plans to extend the period that those who fail their test have to wait before booking another test from 10 to 28 days, and extend the notice period during which a cancelled car test will result in a lost fee from three to 10 days.

The measures aim to discourage learner drivers who are not ready to take a test from booking one, and will come into effect late summer 2023.

Loveday Ryder, chief executive of the DVSA, urged learner drivers to check the agency’s website for advice before booking a test.

She said: “With more than half of people failing their driving test, it is clear more needs to be done to make sure learner drivers only take their test when they are fully prepared."

“These new measures will help make sure test-ready learners find appointments and give those who fail more time for more practice."

“I also urge learners to check out our Ready to Pass? website to make sure they’re ready – and delay their test if they’re not."

“This will help make more tests available and prevent them having to pay to retest.”

At Drive It School of Motoring we book and manage all our learners driving tests. This allows us to get prioroty booking and the ability to swap tests around between our learners depending on their readiness for the test. It also saves them going to the back of the queue which is currently reaching seven months. Offering this service to our learners ensures better utilised tests, resulting in a far higher pass rate than the UK average of 47% because we wont take a learner to test unless they are actually ready. Our pass rate for May - July 2023 was 100% with every test taken in Taunton resulting in a pass.

For more information on driving tests and lessons with Drive It School of Motoring in Minehead, Watchet, Williton, Taunton, Bridgewater and Wellington visit or call 01984 555321.

For more information on the DVSA Ready To Pass campaign click here


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