DVSA says sorry for test waiting times

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The new theory test centre in Colchester will be open for testing from 29 September.
Bookings for the new centre will be open from Friday 12 August.

Venue details
DVSA Theory Test Centre
Wellington House,
Butt Road,
Colchester,
CO3 3DR

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has apologised for the increase in waiting times for driving tests.

Certain areas have seen a substantial increase in waiting times for tests and a number of driving instructors have complained to the DVSA while Driving Instructors Association members have also contacted the association over the issue.

The DVSA said that were three reasons for the increase:

•the economic recovery – more people are taking driving lessons again

•more examiners retiring

•there has been a surge in people in their 20s taking tests, after leaving it longer to learn to drive

According to the agency, there were 407,000 car driving tests between January and March 2015, a 5.2% on the same period last year with demand increasing.

The DVSA said that it had forecasted the increase in demand and also knew that there were a number of examiners retiring and began recruitment in October 2014, with another campaign in March 2015 and another planned for October this year.

Although 2,500 have applied, the DVSA said the process would take time. But that since April, 66 examiners have started at test centres across Great Britain, while a further 89 people have been offered posts and are currently on the new entrant training course or waiting to attend one.

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