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#26 Tuesday 15th July 2014 20:22:55

standon11
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Registered: Thursday 30th November 2006
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Re: Test waiting times

holidays or not dvsa should be ran as a business & waiting times should not in my opinion ever be longer than 4 weeks.its pathetic,surely tthey could do something to keep waiting lists down.i have a few pupils currently who really need there license for very important reasons not just to drive around with there mates once passed & i do feel for them.with the costs of driving tests,using instructors fuel & insurance where does all there money go,why can't they plan ahead for the busy summer periods & increase the hours of part time examiners or something.the problem is there's no competition for them so they can have the waiting list at 6 months and nobody can do a thing about it.you don't see amazon losing business over a xmas period,they set thousands on to deal with demand becuause if they dont then a rival will get the business.unfortunately dvsa have no such competition.

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#27 Tuesday 15th July 2014 21:07:32

MGM
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Registered: Monday 24th October 2011
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Re: Test waiting times

Roadmaster wrote:

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!

And quite right too!

But they don't all have kids. Those who don't could be bribed incentivised to take their holidays at other times.

My point is that any normal business faced with peaks in demand either mans up to deal with the peaks, or tries to smooth the peaks with differential pricing, or both. Or alternatively faces losing customers to their more switched-on competitors.

DVSA are a monopoly and they know their captive customers have no choice but to put up with the delays.

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#28 Tuesday 15th July 2014 21:59:14

Triplea35
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I'm sure the DVSA are already trying to encourage DE's to take  holidays at other times. I recall before last Christmas they were actively seeking ADI's input for the demand over the Xmas/New Year and we ended up only having limited but sufficient staffing over the holiday period.

I can understand your suggestion of differential pricing but it would have to be a very significant amount for pupils to plan/structure their training around becoming test ready at cheaper periods, and they would be pilloried for putting prices up over holiday periods.

In honesty, there is a low pass rate, I am sure most of us on here have a pass rate above the national average but there are obviously others who haven't, and I see them regularly in the TC every other day!, we (as a profession) could go a long way in reducing demand for tests by bringing a better standard of pupil to test. That's surely what the DVSA are trying to do in introducing the standards check. What perhaps they should do is rather than sharing limited resources over the entire ADI register they should direct their resources at those who most need it!

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#29 Wednesday 16th July 2014 14:56:20

AUTAX
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Re: Test waiting times

Works for me

The cost is less than an hour's lesson but could save a couple of hundred £££

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#30 Wednesday 16th July 2014 15:23:33

Roadmaster
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In honesty, there is a low pass rate, I am sure most of us on here have a pass rate above the national average but there are obviously others who haven't, and I see them regularly in the TC every other day!,

How do you recognise someone who has a low pass rate?

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#31 Wednesday 16th July 2014 22:26:23

AUTAX
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They have an aroma of BS about them.  lol


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#32 Saturday 16th September 2017 22:22:52

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Re: Test waiting times

What are your thoughts on cancellation checkers guys? A couple of my students have tried https://speedytests.co.uk/driving-test-cancellations and can't speak highly enough of them. I'm still not sure as to whether I should recommend services like this?

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#33 Sunday 17th September 2017 07:23:19

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Simon321 wrote:

What are your thoughts on cancellation checkers guys? A couple of my students have tried https://speedytests.co.uk/driving-test-cancellations and can't speak highly enough of them. I'm still not sure as to whether I should recommend services like this?

I have used them a few times on behalf of pupils when test waiting times were very lengthy. They do what they offer and if pupil is prepared to pay for the service then fine. I preferred to manage the cancellation checker rather than the pupil. I knew the pupils availability so more importantly when I received  a text offering  short notice tests I could be sure I could work it round my diary without too much disruption for myself and other pupils.

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#34 Monday 18th September 2017 15:47:04

Roadmaster
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I book all my tests and check for cancellations twice a day.  I did let my pupils use the cancellation checkers when the waiting times were very long, but only on condition they checked with me before accepting.

I think it's a bit expensive but the pupils were willing to pay.    Waiting times are back to 6 weeks in my area now so they arent really needed.

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#35 Thursday 21st September 2017 12:31:55

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I used to use cancellation checkers frequently, but since the DVSA introduced the Business Booking Service it's so easy to find sooner test dates which makes life so much easier and therefore no need to use cancellation checkers anymore.

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