To help tackle the waiting list for driving tests the DVLA has been working on a number of ways to increase the amount of driving test appointments available and will now reintroduce a 7 test per day service.
From Monday 14th June 2021, the number of tests that examiners carry out each day will increase to 7 – the same number carried out before the pandemic.
The change will allow more and more learners to take their tests, increasing the capacity across the national network by an average of 15,000 to 20,000 tests per month.
A DVLA spokesperson said:
“We are doing this because our driving examiners are now used to carrying out additional COVID-19 safety measures, so we can now carry out 7 driving tests each day with little risk of over-running.
“This means we can keep these safety measures in place to protect learner drivers and examiners whilst safely increasing the number of tests per day.
“We will be increasing the number of tests by adding an additional test at the end of the working day so tests currently booked will not be affected. We’ll also be able to start offering early morning and evening tests.”
New appointments will gradually be added on to the booking system on a daily basis from the 9th June. Instructors and pupils can check for new appointments at the local test centre on the book a driving test or the change your driving test services.
Alternatively if, registered to use the book and manage driving tests service, instructors can use it to check for new appointments on the Island.
Pupils will not be able to take their driving test if they meet any of the following criteria:
- they have any coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, fever, new continuous cough, a change or loss of smell or taste from normal).
- they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace in the last 14 days.
- they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or have had a positive test in the last 7 days.
- they have visited a school, college or other building that has been closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the last 7 days.
- they live with someone who has either tested positive for COVID-19 or had symptoms of COVID–19 in the last 14 days.
- Areas where the new variant is spreading
Driving examiners will also ask all candidates these questions before taking them out on test. If they answer yes to any of the above criteria their test will be cancelled and they will be asked to reschedule.