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Update on driving test slot shortage

Driving test slot waits

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.

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Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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