Update on driving test slot shortage
After our (slightly bitter) report last week about the huge waits facing learners at many driving test centres around the country, we've now heard that the government is considering reforms to the system.
As well as investigation into how the rise of driverless cars will affect the learning process and testing, there is a little ray of sunshine for us learners.
Government wants test pass rates up
With driving test pass rates loitering around or below 50%, the government has stated that they want to get that figure up. There are concerns that learners are booking tests too early because they're worried about how long it takes to get a test booking.
The target wait time is just 6 weeks, but as we said last week, this has been hitting 4 months in some areas.
More test slots
To combat this debilitating wait, the government is looking at adding more flexible driving test slots, including more evening and weekend appointments. It would be a big relief for people who work and will hopefully stop learners panic booking before they're ready to take the test.
The proposed reforms are in addition to the satnav trial the government is already undertaking, which would require learners to follow pre-programmed directions for 20 minutes.
All in all: good news I reckon.