Sunday 29 May 2022 12:34 PM Young people are being forced to wait until NEXT YEAR to book driving tests due ... trends now

Sunday 29 May 2022 12:34 PM Young people are being forced to wait until NEXT YEAR to book driving tests due ... trends now
Sunday 29 May 2022 12:34 PM Young people are being forced to wait until NEXT YEAR to book driving tests due ... trends now

Sunday 29 May 2022 12:34 PM Young people are being forced to wait until NEXT YEAR to book driving tests due ... trends now

Young people are being forced to wait until NEXT YEAR to book driving tests due to huge backlog at DVSA caused by Covid lockdowns Learner drivers face waiting until early 2023 for a driving test as backlogs persist Major cities like London and Manchester dealing with delays of around 24 weeks  Industry campaigners warned persisting issues could affect people's futures 

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Learner drivers are left frustrated by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) backlogs preventing them from booking a test within a reasonable time frame, as many face waiting until 2023 for a slot.

Industry campaigners have warned that preventing young people from the 'rite of passage' was stopping many from planning for the future.

Analysis of the DVSA's test booking site by The Telegraph found that the UK capital didn't have any available test slots for at least 24 weeks as of Saturday night.

Major cities like Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bristol were last night plagued by similar issues. 

The DVSA's business plan, released last week, promised to tackle delays.

It said training capacity has already been doubled and the body is 'on track to recruit over 300 additional driving examiners'.

Learner drivers are being left frustrated by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) backlogs preventing them from booking a test within a reasonable time frame, as many face waiting until 2023 for a slot (stock photo used)

Learner drivers are being left frustrated by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) backlogs preventing them from booking a test within a reasonable time frame, as many face waiting until 2023 for a slot (stock photo used)

The plan also aims to bring average waiting times down to nine weeks by the end of the year. 

However as the issues persist, driving test backlogs could hit young people with further issues.

As current rules mean learners can only book one test at a time, a failure could result being slammed with another months-long wait. 

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