A shortage of examiners and difficult government reforms mean learners will suffer long delays before being able to take their driving tests.
Since the DVSA’s merger in April, it has missed its target of providing aspiring drivers with a test within six weeks of applying. This is in part due to the fact that the new body suffered from a shortfall of 60 examiners when it started. Since the merger, the average way has been 6.2 weeks, peaking at 8 weeks in August and the latest available figure, for October, showing a wait of 7 weeks.
Government reforms have also been blamed for placing motoring agencies, like the DVSA, into chaos leading to a number of resignations within the agency. However, the DVSA argue that the increase in waiting time is due to higher demand for driving tests and that they are working to recruit more examiners to meet this demand.