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#1 Sunday 22nd June 2014 23:19:17

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Test waiting times

Well, in Bournemouth the waiting time to get a test is 9 weeks.
Quite a long time since the waiting time was that long. In January it was just a week.

It's happening around Dorchester & Salisbury as well.
Has anyone else had a huge rise in waiting times in their area.


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#2 Monday 23rd June 2014 08:08:56

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They have started doing tests on a Saturday through June and July in Bridgend Peter, its a long time since I have seen the TC open on a Saturday!

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#3 Monday 23rd June 2014 13:31:11

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always around 9 to 10 weeks here in northampton


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#4 Monday 23rd June 2014 17:13:01

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My local TC seems to be 4-5 weeks on average but often starts to creep up during the summer when test demand is higher. Currently 7 weeks.

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#5 Monday 23rd June 2014 17:30:21

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Hi
Around 6 weeks in the northeast at the moment.
A couple of weeks more than usual
Peter


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#6 Monday 23rd June 2014 20:04:39

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Tests in my area are booking 3rd September onwards. hmm

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#7 Monday 23rd June 2014 22:39:35

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Just seen test times for 15h29 now. Last test used to be 14h30.


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#8 Wednesday 25th June 2014 08:07:27

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Possibly a combination of the demand for tests has dropped and/or the DVSA are doing a better job in managing the waiting lists but currently for my regular TC it has recently dropped from 7 weeks to 5 weeks. We had Saturday tests throughout June and they recently showed Saturdays available for July and August. We also seem to have two or three visiting examiners here on an almost permanent basis, regularly having 8 to 10 tests going out at any one time. Even have 5 or 6 doing Saturday overtime  whereas it used to be only 2 or 3.
I notice that the visiting examiners TC only has a waiting list of 2 weeks and when I was over there recently for test we were the only one to go out.
Previous years our lists have been much longer but we were losing examiners for weeks on end who were travelling/staying to assist our Southern cousins!

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#9 Wednesday 25th June 2014 13:15:28

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In round figures, the NT test booking fee has just doubled from $A38 to $A89 (that's roughly £21 to £49).

Of course there were plenty of letters/texts-to-editor in the local rag complaining (and saying that it won't reduce the waiting time), but in this case it is warranted.
Being on the north coast of Australia and just south of Asia, we get a large amount of immigrants including boat people.

The cash challenged immigrants soon discovered that NT driving tests were far cheaper than a typical NT driving lesson of $A70 to $A75 (about £36 to £41), so they simply kept trying tests until they eventually passed (usually in light traffic situations).
Of course even after passing the test (after learning the 3 test routes!) they aren't necessarily safe drivers, especially considering our over-simplistic tick-the-box test designed for examiners with minimal training and experience.


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#10 Wednesday 25th June 2014 13:53:07

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Waiting time never dropped below 7 weeks for the last 6 years, currently 10 in both tc's I use and that includes visiting examiners...

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#11 Thursday 26th June 2014 21:41:26

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tests in Shrewsbury are now 5 weeks, and we have now gone from 3 tests at a time to 1.
this always seems to happen from June-Sept, then in Sept there will be  2 or 3 tests at a time going out.
2 months ago you could pretty well get a test next day.

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#12 Thursday 3rd July 2014 21:27:05

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Tests in Farnborough now 9 or 10 weeks and has been like that for months. The problem is at what point do you book the test and if you get it wrong do you let the test go ahead anyway or do you cancel and make the student wait another 10 weeks?
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#13 Thursday 3rd July 2014 21:45:46

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"if they are not ready do you let the test go ahead anyway"?

NO.

Just ring the DVSA and change the test/give the test to somebody who is ready. If they are not ready they are not ready. If they have to wait a few more weeks then so be it.

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#14 Friday 4th July 2014 07:07:08

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Joe24 wrote:

"if they are not ready do you let the test go ahead anyway"?

NO.

Just ring the DVSA and change the test/give the test to somebody who is ready. If they are not ready they are not ready. If they have to wait a few more weeks then so be it.

Personally when I let a pupil book a test in advance it is usually before they are test ready so is done on the clear understanding that the date will be changed if it turns out they are not ready. If it looks likely that a few more weeks are required then the pupil will usually opt for additional lessons rather than putting the date back.

Having said that I have one young lady who is about to put her test date back for the fourth time!

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#15 Friday 4th July 2014 07:57:42

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One advantage of booking all tests myself,,is that I do have control of the test date.

If is needs changing or cancelling I can do so.  Obviously this is done in agreement with the student, but it gives me leverage when they know that ultimately, I can cancel it if I need to and they play silly beggars.

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#16 Friday 4th July 2014 08:57:33

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I think it is unreasonable to force a pupil to wait a further 10 weeks for a test - for some teenagers 10 weeks is half a lifetime! However, I also understand and agree with the principle of not taking a test until absolutely ready.  Herein lies the difficulty...  roll

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#17 Friday 4th July 2014 12:19:13

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Lady-Hynarc wrote:

- for some teenagers 10 weeks is half a lifetime! ...

Absolutely. If you want a bit of evil fun with a youngster, ask them to guess your age (no retaliatory violence please), or suggest they do a driving lesson at 5:00am on a Saturday morning.

Lady-Hynarc wrote:

... However, I also understand and agree with the principle of not taking a test until absolutely ready.  Herein lies the difficulty...  roll

I agree, and it's a real problem down here.
Test delays are usually 2 months, very unpopular with the public who start to pressure the politicians about it when it gets really bad.
Then the MVR (our equivalent of your DSA) respond by doubling up examiners (spare examiners work behind the counter at motor vehicle registry offices so extras are always "on tap") and drastically reduce waiting times.
They sometimes even contact people on the waiting list to tell them that they can bring their test forward - causing chaos in the ranks of driving instructors.

The trouble is, many instructors advise their clients to book their test with the idea there will still be time to get some much-needed additional lessons in, but suddenly the client rings them in a state of panic saying their test time has changed and is now only a few days away!  AAARRRGH!!!!!!!!

Today and yesterday I got at least 10 phone calls from "private" learners pleading to "do one lesson then take me for my test".
I denied them all - would you have?


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#18 Saturday 5th July 2014 06:07:33

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Zipper wrote:

Today and yesterday I got at least 10 phone calls from "private" learners pleading to "do one lesson then take me for my test".
I denied them all - would you have?

Absolutely.


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#19 Saturday 5th July 2014 07:51:09

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Today and yesterday I got at least 10 phone calls from "private" learners pleading to "do one lesson then take me for my test".
I denied them all - would you have?

I wish I got 10 calls a day like that.    I will always consider taking someone for an assessment lesson because if they are crap I can say no at the end of it, if they are good I will get future recommend business from helping them.

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#20 Sunday 6th July 2014 18:04:23

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The question was would you take a person for test following just one lesson. My answer was the same as Zipper's. Absolutely not.


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#21 Sunday 6th July 2014 18:35:36

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2 lesson bookings can be bad business, takes up time that could be used for new starters who will be giving you 6 months work.

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#22 Tuesday 15th July 2014 18:09:51

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9 weeks curerntly in doncaster,i think its terrible service myself.missed one last week cause of the strike & now pupil has to wait around anothe 9 weeks through no fault of her own.

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#23 Tuesday 15th July 2014 18:46:20

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It is a long wait and we are now into late August here, but if a pupil is ready and determined enough and keeps looking they can usually find a cancellation or extra tests suddenly made available.

There is an increased demand for tests at this time of year, DE's are entitled to holidays, the DVSA has no control over strike action and make overtime available when demand reaches certain points and moves DE's around. Other than employing seasonal examinersnwhat else could they do?

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#24 Tuesday 15th July 2014 19:48:25

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Seasonal examiners isn't a bad idea.

If DVSA were run as a business (or, more to the point, if they didn't have a monopoly) they might put some effort and money into planning to meet these peaks and troughs of demand.

Some of the things they could do include flexible pricing, and incentivising staff to take their holidays at quiet times.

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#25 Tuesday 15th July 2014 20:07:52

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But those examiners who have kids don't have a choice of when to take their holidays, it has to be during school holidays or face a big fine!

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