Driving test changes: plan for 28-day wait before learners can re-book tests

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency seeks to discourage learner drivers from booking their test before they’re ready

Learner drivers on Motorway

Learner drivers may have to wait longer to re-book their practical driving test after failing if new measures are introduced. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is proposing a series of changes to the test, some of which aim to discourage learners from booking their test before they’re ready.

In the last five years, 53 per cent of learner drivers failed their first practical driving test. The current rules require them to wait 10 days before re-booking, but the DVSA is proposing extending this period to 28 days.

Another change would be extending the notice period within which a cancelled test results in a lost fee from three days to 10 days. This, the agency says, will encourage learners who need more practice before their test to give more notice before cancelling and create more late-notice slots for learners who are ready.

The DVSA is also looking at increasing the flexibility of the test by allowing the eyesight assessment to be carried out in different lighting conditions or by reading from a tablet. This will allow more tests to be conducted on darker winter days, as well as address the fact that 61 per cent of new drivers say they do not feel confident driving in the dark and 35 per cent of road accidents involving young drivers occur at night.

The proposed driving test changes are subject to a public consultation, which is running until 11:59pm on 8 March 2022.

Mark Winn, chief driving examiner at the DVSA, said: “With nearly half of all learners still failing their first car driving test, it is clear we need to do more to make sure learner drivers only take their test when they are fully prepared.

“These measures will help make sure learners who are test-ready can find appointments and give those who fail more time to get additional practice. Changing the eyesight test will help more tests go ahead in the darker winter days.”

Check out the latest on the driving test changes to preserve the manual gearbox...

First Cars on Auto Express... 

First cars graphic FINAL

Everything you need to know about learning to drive, getting your driving licence and choosing your first car...

Learning to drive

Passing your driving test

Getting your first car

For all the latest car news, features, tips and advice, follow Auto Express on Twitter and like us on Facebook...

Recommended

Pass your driving theory test first time with our guide
Tired man studying from driving theory test book
First Cars

Pass your driving theory test first time with our guide

Practice makes perfect in the driving theory test, so get up to speed before you book your test online
16 Jun 2022
Cheapest cars to insure in the UK 2022
Cheapest cars to insure - header
Car insurance

Cheapest cars to insure in the UK 2022

Looking for a car that’s cheap to insure? We’ve listed cars with the cheapest insurance group ratings on sale in the UK today
27 May 2022
Intensive driving courses: the ultimate guide
Prodrive Winter Driving Course
First Cars

Intensive driving courses: the ultimate guide

Are intensive driving courses a good way to get a driving licence? We guide you through the options to help you pass the practical test.
13 Apr 2022
The Highway Code: What is it and how do I learn it?
Highway Code
First Cars

The Highway Code: What is it and how do I learn it?

What you need to know about the Highway Code, where to find it and how to use it to pass your driving test
12 Apr 2022

Most Popular

New electric MG Cyberster roadster to take brand back to its roots
MG roadster exclusive image - front
News

New electric MG Cyberster roadster to take brand back to its roots

The all-electric two-seat MG sports car is poised to follow the likes of the MG TF and MGB, and our exclusive images preview how it could look
23 Jun 2022
New 2023 Peugeot 408 heralds all-new body style for French brand
Peugeot 408 - front
News

New 2023 Peugeot 408 heralds all-new body style for French brand

Peugeot’s new 408 crossover will launch as a plug-in hybrid
22 Jun 2022
UK petrol and diesel prices: new records set as pressure grows on retailers to cut prices
High fuel prices. £2 per litre
News

UK petrol and diesel prices: new records set as pressure grows on retailers to cut prices

Cost of filling up rises again, but analysts expect supermarkets and other retailers may soon cut pump prices
22 Jun 2022