Waiting lists

Category -> driving tests

Driving test waiting lists are still quite long. The DVSA release a 'batch' of driving tests each week. In the local area this week they released tests for mid September. Many ADIs, myself included, are giving up their spare time to organise driving tests for their customers. The DVSA allow us to swap tests between people, so that appointments are at a suitable time and place. This requires us to spend time (sometimes hours) waiting on hold to the DVSA support line.


At a recent association meeting we were assured by a DVSA representative that they are recruiting examiners and that the waiting list will return to normal later this year. If you're thinking of starting driving lessons soon, start studying for your theory test right away. Only after completing the theory test can you book the practical test. All my customers receive free membership of theory test pro which is a great tool for studying for the exam.



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Posted by Neil - 2 weeks ago

Resuming lessons

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We're on notice that driving lessons and tests can resume from April 12th. Hopefully the DVSA will be able to get through the likely backlog of theory and practical tests, and we'll be able to return to normal very soon.

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Posted by Neil - 1 year ago

Driving Tests

Category -> driving tests

Here is the latest government statement on driving tests:


https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests

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Posted by Neil - 1 year ago

Coronavirus - driving tests

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If you have symptoms of Coronavirus you MUST change your driving test appointment. Advice here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests#cancel-or-rearrange-your-test-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms



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Posted by Neil - 2 years ago

Driving Test Day

Category -> driving tests

So, it's the day of your driving test. What should you expect? What do you need to bring? How long will it all take?


Driving tests can begin at peculiar times. For example, 10.44 or 12.38. This is to maximise the amount of time examiners have to process their paperwork and conduct the examination. Most learners use their instructor's car for the test and if this is the case I will pick up one hour before the start time.


You need to bring your provisional licence. You are also requested by the DVSA to bring along your theory test pass certificate.


The hour before the test is used to warm up and rehearse any driving test exercises you may asked to do. We generally also go over the show and tell questions.


You are asked not to arrive at the test centre more than 5/10 minutes before the start time. Once the car is parked we'll walk to the test centre waiting room where there is a toilet and some seats.


The examiner will enter the waiting room at the start time and call out the name they have on their marking report. If this is you they'll then ask to see your licence and you will sign a declaration that your car is insured and that you are a UK resident. They will ask if you would like your instructor/companion to sit in the back as an observer, and to attend the debrief at the end of the test.


After that, the examiner will walk with you to the car park, check your eyesight and then you'll be asked a car safety question.


Once you're in the car and comfortable the examiner will chat to you about what to expect. You may be asked to bay park at the beginning of the test.


And then you'll go for a drive. After 35-40 minutes you'll return to the test centre. The examiner will offer you some feedback and present you with a certificate if you have passed. Then your instructor will drive you home, say goodbye, and wipe tears of happiness from their eyes. The whole process takes between two and two and a half hours.

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Posted by Neil - 2 years ago

Bromley Driving Test Centre

Category -> driving tests

Bromley driving test centre is now open. You can view a couple of the likely test routes here.

Access to the test centre is via Burnt Ash Road, although you will need to park in the designated bays behind the building (access via Brindley Way/Roslin Way).

There are toilets in the new centre, although last time I was there they were flooded. There is also a cafe next door.

In my experience examiners in this area are very friendly and convivial. They want you to succeed. Make sure you have plenty of structured practice before you go.

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Posted by Neil - 2 years ago