Learner drivers face long waits in many parts of the country for their practical driving test. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency says it expects long waiting times to remain throughout 2023 and in 2024. There are various reasons for the delays, including an increase in forecast demand and industrial action.
Some drivers are booking test slots many miles from where they live and then trying to swap them. Others may pay for tests which are re-sold by third parties online.
If you are a learner driver facing challenges booking a test, or a driver who has recently passed a test and faced challenges booking at a suitable centre, we would be keen to hear from you about your experiences.
We would also like to hear from anyone who may have purchased a slot from a third party because of a shortage of available tests or swapped a slot using social media.
We are also interested to hear from driving instructors about the backlogs and possible solutions.