ADI’s are rallying together to sign a petition to reduce driving test waiting times which have been recorded at 16 weeks at some local test centres.
Over 3,200 people have signed the petition so far.
The petition details state:
Reduce waiting times for driving test to five weeks
Waiting times at present are over 16 weeks at some centres, this impacts greatly on people learning to drive. It add unnecessary costs to people learning to drive. For those who fail the first time around the wait for a second test means they have a less likely chance of passing second time around.
The DVSA say the waiting times are 9 to 10 weeks but according to the DVSA own test booking service the waiting times at some test centres is 16 weeks or more.
The petition was launched in the DIA member magazine, Driving Instructor, in April by ADI Noel Gaughan.
DIA said: “We’ve asked DVSA what’s being done to tackle the problem, given improvements were promised yet we’re seeing no real improvement on the ground and instructors are struggling with keeping learners engaged (and ready for test) whilst waiting for slots of in excess of 4 months in some areas. A number of measures have been put in place to get more Examiners out into the field but still the problems persist – why?
DVSA have told us a recruitment campaign is currently running and training of successful candidates is being accelerated to get them through the process quicker. The agency admits that recruiting the right people and getting them through the necessary level of training has challenging, particularly when you need to train such a large volume of new recruits at one time and have limited training capacity. Action is being taken to tackle those issues including ramping up recruitment campaigns, looking at the screening process to ensure it allows suitable candidates to come through quicker, increasing training capacity, speeding up the training process and examining whether more slots can be offered in areas hit hardest. We have asked DVSA to give us a proper update of progress on these measures and some indication of when can expect to see real improvement, and we’ll share that with you as soon as we have it.”
Sign the petition at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/123957?platform=hootsuite
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