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- There are currently no tests available until mid-November

UK news Driving test wait times in Cambs slammed as 'absolutely ridiculous' last minute news


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- There are currently no tests available until mid-November

UK news Driving test wait times in Cambs slammed as 'absolutely ridiculous' last minute news
03 August 2022 - 13:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Holly Ingram lives in a small village in East Cambridgeshire. She has four children and runs a mobile hairdressing business that takes her all over the county from her home in Swaffham Bulbeck. Holly has a car and after learning to drive for around 10 months, she believes she's test ready. But having failed her first two tests, she's found herself unable to book another one, meaning she relies on her husband to get to her hair appointments. "My husband works from home so he drives me to my appointments, but it's not ideal because his own business is getting busier," she said. "It's definitely getting harder to manage which is why I started to learn to drive." READ MORE:Anger as driving tests purchased in bulk being resold to learners for £200 She added: "I started my lessons back in October last year and passed my theory test in December. The soonest driving test I could get then was in May, but unfortunately, I failed." Holly was then able to book a test in November, but swapped it with someone else whose test was booked in July - and failed that one too. But rather than being able to retake it, she now "just can't get a test". "I'm waiting for the DVSA to put more dates up, but they haven't put any new dates up for the last three weeks," she said in late July. "There's a lot of us in the same boat where we've failed a test and are struggling to get another one within a decent amount of time. "Four or five months is just way too long to have to wait. I think it's absolutely ridiculous." The DVSA, which administers driving tests, says the current waiting time in Cambridge is five weeks, fewer than the national average of 15. They also say they're recruiting 300 new examiners to cope with the post-pandemic demand for tests, but some Cambridgeshire driving instructors say they're not being proactive enough. 'Slow recruitment process' Rob Eaton, who teaches pupils in Cambridge, said: "The civil service have a particular recruitment process that is very slow and laborious. It can take weeks.

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. They've had adverts and open days but they're just not quick enough. There are people who've been waiting weeks and months for a test and the calendar is showing zero tests until the end of the year. "The examiners that are working are doing a great job and they're doing as many tests as they can. But the problem is there isn't enough. We've had examiners retiring or not coming back after Covid for different reasons and we haven't really even replaced those numbers in Cambridge." Martyn Furniss, who teaches pupils in St Ives and Huntingdon, also believes the DVSA should be doing more. He said: "The DVSA has been put into this situation through no fault of their own by the lockdowns but by now, in my view, something probably should have been done. "They have run a recruitment drive but it takes so long for them to train people that some of them just go on to do other jobs." 'Making our business hard to run' Martyn added that the waiting times for a test - which he pegs at several months - is "making our business very hard to run at the moment". Some of his students are having to space their lessons out while they wait for a test to become available, he said, while others are having to resit their theory tests because they expired during the pandemic. Since CambridgeshireLive spoke to Holly, new tests have been released on the DVSA website. It's currently showing availability in November and December, so she might be able to take her test again this year. But the waiting time is more than 10 weeks. So unless earlier test slots are released, she'll have to continue to rely on her husband to help her run her business for the next few months. When approached for comment, a DVSA spokesperson said: "Following the suspension and further disruption of driver testing over much of the COVID pandemic, we are doing all we can to provide learners with as many practical driving tests as possible and bring average waiting times down to less than 10 weeks by the end of the year. "To tackle the high demand for practical tests we have introduced a number of measures including recruiting an additional 300 examiners, conducting out of hours testing such as at weekends and on public holidays and asking qualified staff that no longer work as driving examiners to conduct tests." READ MORE: Driving test changes include harsher punishment for candidates who fail DVSA driving test changes: New car added to list of vehicles banned from being used during test Common driving habit could land motorists with even more costly fuel bill Highway Code's driving rule change most British drivers don't know about I cycled around Cambridge to test the new Highway Code rules

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