Update on The Driving & Theory Tests Backlog
Updated: Mar 21
The backlog of Theory Tests is currently 380,000
The DVSA has been working with Pearson View before the new service launch in September, and the provision of 10 additional temporary theory test centres will help contribute to an extra 110,000 more tests per month when theory testing restarts.
The aim is to clear the backlog by the end of August. The new booking system opens in July for September bookings.
Driving Test Recovery:
There is currently around a 420,000 backlog on practical tests, with an average of 20 weeks waiting time.
The DVSA is working with PHE and HSE to review procedures.
195 test centre waiting rooms were opened before lockdown, there will be an additional 27 when tests resume and another 27 following.
There are 49 that may not be possible to use, and 58 sites without waiting rooms. There are 16 across England with no toilet facilities.
The target is to recover the backlog in 12 months, after the return to 7 tests a day.
The DVSA stated everything would be done to achieve this and it was important for everyone to feel that it was getting better.