There are a number of reasons that you may need to get an earlier date for your driving test than you are able to get with the DVSA. With test waiting times in many areas standing at around 10-14 weeks, with no real prospects of that changing, many people are finding that the use of driving test cancellation services is a must. Among the reasons that people face are:

  • needing to pass the driving test for their job
  • having delayed the theory test and then finding that they are ready for the driving test but cannot get a suitable date
  • having failed the test and needing an early date for a re-test.

Certainly the waiting times are unacceptable. The DVSA target waiting time is 6 weeks and they are clearly failing to reach this target.

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Why are test waiting times so long?

There are a number of contributing factors to the problem of excessive waiting times. The DVSA have lost a number of examiners and have failed to replace them adequately. Of course this is great for the DVSA budget as this reduces staffing costs. In addition with the plans for the new driving test to be launched in 2017, considerable resources and man hours are being devoted to the new test. The DVSA have run a long term trial of the new test and examiners have needed to be trained in the new test. Training time of course has meant that examiners have not been actually carrying out their core responsibility – to conduct driving tests. recruitment of new examiners has proved to be along term problem. Examiner pay is not very high. Most driving instructors would need to take a pay cut to become an examiner. So those entering the examiner profession with a driving instructor background are probably unsuccessful instructors or those who want the structure of a full time job without the hassle of running their own business.